Image: The Miao are one of several ethnic minorities living in the subtropical mountainous areas of southwestern China. Different groups include the Dong, Yi, Yao, Shui, Bouyi, Li, Gejia, and Bai among many others. For thousands of years, these migrating peoples have developed rich, cultural traditions and they are increasingly being recognized for their extraordinary handcrafted textiles and silver jewellery. It is the area of costume, where mythology, technical skill, and cultural identity coalesce in vivid aesthetic expression. Until recently, most of these remote, ethnic villages were relatively isolated from the majority Han Chinese population. China’s rapid modernization, however, has penetrated even the minority districts of Guizhou, Yunnan, Guangxi, and Guangdong provinces. The resultant economic, educational, and social changes have already begun to erode the look and use of traditional festive costumes worn by the Miao and other ethnic groups. by Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Bijie is a prefecture level city within Guizhou province in China.