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Bi Ke village

(Bi Ke village is in Min Gu township, 10 miles east of Zhenfeng, Guizhou province, south west China.  It is the largest Bouyei village in China.)

Bi Ke village is reached by a stony track running through beautiful scenery of a wide valley and mountain ranges.  We stopped outside the village school and saw the school tuck shop - an old lady sitting on the ground with her wares laid out around her.  As the village was not initially ready to receive us we were able to spend some time wandering around looking at the stone houses set into the mountain scenery.  As it was the rice harvest most of the villagers were out working in the fields but we watched the women of a family raking the rice as it dried outside their house.  We looked in on the pre-school and first year children as they learnt their lessons.  When the villagers were ready for us we watched a woman winding off a skein of thread and then went into a house where a young woman was weaving.  A small market of textiles was set up and gradually swelled as the women saw our interest.  As lunch time approached a gathering crowd of villagers came to enjoy the interaction and provided a fascinating range of portrait studies.  Many of the women were wearing traditional costume as every-day dress.  

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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Jpeg 23K View from the road approaching Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010t14.jpg

Jpeg 32K View up the valley from Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s02.jpg

Jpeg 38K The school 'tuck shop' outside the school gates - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010r22.jpg

Jpeg 61K Bouyei stone houses - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s03.jpg

Jpeg 42K Bouyei  baby loosely slung in a baby carrier - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province0010r25.jpg

Jpeg 38K Bouyei woman and baby walking through the village showing the original dry stone walling of the houses - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s13.jpg

Jpeg 44K Bouyei grandmother raking out the drying rice in front of the family house with her grandchild on her back asleep - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010r28.jpg

Jpeg 34K Bouyei mother and child pausing in raking the rice outside their home - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010r29.jpg

Jpeg 38K Bouyei old man with his pipe outside his house in Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s11.jpg

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Jpeg 36K Three generations of a Bouyei family raking the drying rice outside their home in Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010r30.jpg

Jpeg 33K Freshly dried rice in a basket scoop - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s05.jpg

Jpeg 39K Traditional Bouyei houses set in the rice harvest landscape against a karst limestone outcrop which provides the stone building material - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010r27.jpg

Jpeg 27K Two young Bouyei girls in their traditional costume welcoming us to the village with alcohol in gourd cups - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010r32.jpg

Jpeg 32K Bouyei girl in traditional costume weaving - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010r33.jpg

Jpeg 45K Close-up of Bouyei girl weaving - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010r36.jpg

Jpeg 31K Bouyei woman looking in her fabric storage chest - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010r34.jpg

Jpeg 28K A tumble of Bouyei hand-woven and hand-dyed fabrics laid out for sale - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s19.jpg

Jpeg 29K Bouyei mother with her baby on her back spreading out an apron for sale - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s22.jpg

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Jpeg 30K Bouyei baby-carrier with the colours mellowed by use - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s28.jpg

Jpeg 37K Centre of traditional Bouyei baby-carrier - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s37.jpg

Jpeg 45K New Bouyei embroidered baby-carrier - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s26.jpg

Jpeg 25K Bouyei grandmother and grandson - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s23.jpg

Jpeg 21K Bouyei man, Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s25.jpg

Jpeg 29K Bouyei women and baby - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s24.jpg

Jpeg 26K One of the Bouyei women selling textiles - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010t03.jpg

Jpeg 27K Bouyei woman against a background of school children - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s15.jpg

Jpeg 23K Bouyei woman selling textiles - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s27.jpg

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Jpeg 47K The textile market which developed during our visit - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010t06.jpg

Jpeg 33K Bouyei woman and three young girls - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010t07.jpg

Jpeg 35K Close up of Bouyei woman and three young girls - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010t09.jpg

Jpeg 28K Old Bouyei woman - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 010s35.jpg

Jpeg 32K Old Bouyei woman - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010t02.jpg

Jpeg 27K Old Bouyei woman - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010t05.jpg

Jpeg 27K Old Bouyei woman - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s17.jpg

Jpeg 34K Old Bouyei woman in her hand woven turban - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s32.jpg

Jpeg 26K Old Bouyei woman - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010s34.jpg

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Jpeg 44K Bouyei harvesting the rice - Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010t11.jpg

Jpeg 24K Harvest scene near Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010t13.jpg

Jpeg 22K Looking down the terraces Bi Ke village, Mi Gu township, Zhenfeng county, Guizhou province 0010t17.jpg
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