Dong minority textiles and costume from southwest China
The Dong people are related to the Dai/Tai peoples of southeast Asia, and their textiles incorporate both embroidery and supplementary weft designs. They are a diverse group found across a wide area, so their textiles are correspondingly diverse.
Dong villages in Guizhou are famous for their architecture, particularly for pagoda-like drum towers. The picture shows a drum tower and traditional architecture at Zhaoxing in Guizhou province.
Dong embroidered jacket from Zhaoxing area. Collected in 1996 and dating from around this time. Ivory-white embroidered sunburst designs on black calendered cotton. 75cm long.
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