Miao Ethnic Villagers Inject New Vitality to Bright Cloth Making Craft in S China

November 16, 2018
Editor: Qiao Ziyu
Villagers pick the indigo grass to dye the cloth. [Xinhua]

 

People in Rongshui Miao Autonomous County, South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, have the tradition of making Liangbu, a special kind of cloth. Local Miao people use natural raw materials to dye the cloth and smear egg white on it after drying, while beating it constantly with a mallet, which ensures the enduring luster of the cloth.

In recent years, with the development of the local tourism, more and more tourists want to buy clothes made from this brightly colored cloth, and the local traditional skills are injected with a new vitality.

 

Villagers soak the indigo grass, which is used to dye the cloth. [Xinhua]
Villagers wash the dyed cotton cloth. [Xinhua]
Villagers dry the cloth. [Xinhua]
Villagers smear egg white onto the dyed cloth. [Xinhua]
Local villagers beat the cloth with mallets. [Xinhua]
A villager shows off clothes made with the bright cloth. [Xinhua]

 

(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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