Geija Womenswear

Women arriving in Matang Village for a naming day festivity, wearing very short, distinctive skirts. Gejia women wear an unmistakable turban-like headpiece, a toupa, of starched white fabric with fine indigo-dyed lines. A solid red band around the crown denotes that a woman is married, while a fringe is for …

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Stories And Symbols

As Laoxing explains the meaning of several of the motifs stitched on her jackets, we realize that her life, the land around her, and the Miao myths and history all merge together in her embroidery. The creatures from the river, war heroes, Mother Butterfly—they all share the same space …

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Artisan Embroidery

Embroidery artisan Tai Lao Xing lives in a peaceful village overlooking a broad valley where rice paddies stretch in a patchwork across the hillsides. Mountains loom in the distance as they do everywhere in Guizhou. Climbing a stone path from the valley floor up to Laoxing’s home, you may …

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