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Chang Tion village

(Chang Tion village is in Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province.  It was originally a White Miao village.  It can only be reached by boat on Ye Lang Hu Reservoir which was completed in 1997 and the valley flooded drowning a very large village of 7,000 households - around 30,000 people.)

We visited Chang Tion village by driving 15km from Puding to the landing stage on the Ye Lang Hu Reservoir and then going by boat for around half an hour.  We then scrambled up the steep sides of the reservoir to the village.  We were led to the village by two sisters who were originally from the village.  Although the village was reputedly originally a White Miao village 'the main colour of the skirt had been white 100 years ago', one sister wore a Side Comb Miao costume and the other one clothing which looked more like Red Hat Miao.  The village was obviously very poor and many of the clothes were torn and worn.  Some of the houses still had thatched roofs with wattle and daub walls although others were of stone with slate roofs.  There were a small number of women dressed in their festival clothes in honour of our visit.  They brought out to show us an old loom which had been in use for more than 100 years.  The time for weaving would be after the harvest.  One woman was wearing a black hemp skirt and another was wearing one woven of ramie.  The village mainly grew ramie. One woman went and cut twigs of ramie and demonstrated stripping the fibre from underneath the bark with a bamboo scraper.  They then demonstrated splitting and splicing the ramie fibre.  

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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Jpeg 38K Thatched roof, stone walled house in Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010v33.jpg

Jpeg 50K Thatched roof, stone walled house in Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010v34.jpg

Jpeg 40K Pigeons on the slate roof of a stone house with their basket cotes below - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w02.jpg

Jpeg 37K Pigeons on the slate roof of a stone house with their basket cotes below and the lady of the house near the door - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010v35.jpg

Jpeg 42K Miao woman coming our of her stone house - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w03.jpg

Jpeg 39K Miao women waiting to greet us in Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w07.jpg

Jpeg 50K Miao woman demonstrating splicing ramie - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w12.jpg

Jpeg 40K Miao woman demonstrating splicing ramie - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w11.jpg

Jpeg 43K Miao woman demonstrating embroidery - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w13.jpg

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Jpeg 46K Miao women waiting to welcome us to the village - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w06.jpg

Jpeg 43K Miao women demonstrating textile skills  - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w14.jpg

Jpeg 41K Miao women demonstrating separating ramie fibre from under the bark having stripped them from the twig - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w22.jpg

Jpeg 40K Back view of Miao women - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w19.jpg

Jpeg 39K Miao woman - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w28.jpg

Jpeg 28K Back view of Miao woman - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w25.jpg

Jpeg 67K Miao women gathered outside houses showing off their embroidery skills - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w16.jpg

Jpeg 58K Miao women comparing their skirts - the black skirt on the left is hemp and the one on the right is ramie - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w17.jpg

Jpeg 44K Miao women  - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w18.jpg

Jpeg 20K Miao man - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w20.jpg

Jpeg 24K Old Miao woman  - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w24.jpg

Jpeg 26K Miao man  - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w27.jpg

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Jpeg 30K Old Miao woman  - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w35.jpg

Jpeg 30K Old Miao man - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w33.jpg

Jpeg 38K Miao woman - although she is wearing a manufactured coat her turban looks to be hand woven and hand dyed with indigo - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w32.jpg

Jpeg 42K Miao baby embroidered baby carrier being show (looks Side Comb Miao in style) - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w29.jpg

Jpeg 50K Close-up of couched embroidery baby carrier - style embroidery and batik strap would suggest this is a Side Comb Miao carrier - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w30.jpg

Jpeg 44K Miao baby carrier in the Side Comb Miao style - Close-up of couched embroidery baby carrier - Chang Tion village, Cheng Guan township, Puding county, Guizhou province 0010w37.jpg
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