Chinese tie-dyeing skill is still alive among Chinese people. In Zhoucheng, a Bai ethnic village in Yunnan, almost every family has dye vats and practices tie dyeing. We visit Yang Xinnian, one of those excellent craftsmen.
Confucius Institute Reporter Gao Yanqun 本刊记者 高燕群
In 800 A.D., a dance troupe from southwest China travelled to Chang’an, the capital of Tang Dynasty, to perform dance. They not only had outstanding choreographic skills, but also caused such a sensation in the prosperous Chang’an city with their colorful and splendid costumes featuring birds and animals and vegetation that were recorded in history. These glamorous costumes were made with the traditional Chinese tie-dyeing.
As a heritage with a history of a thousand years, the Chinese tie-dyeing skill is still alive among Chinese people. Zhoucheng, a Bai ethnic village in Dali County, Yunnan Province, is famous for Chinese tie-dyeing, where almost every family has dye vats and practices tie dyeing. The Bai women here learn the skills since their early childhood. Many villagers can design their own patterns. Yang Xinnian is one of the excellent craftsmen.
A white-walled, dark-tiled house at the entrance of Zhoucheng Village is Yang Xinnian’s home. We can see colorful fabrics hanging on all the walls. They are newly finished works by her…
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Published in Confucius Institute Magazine.
Number 27. Volume IV. July 2013.