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Da Shu Jia village

(Da Shu Jia village is in Xin Zhou township, Longlin county - 6km from Longlin itself - Guangxi province, south west China.  It was originally a Clean Water Miao village but it has absorbed influences from (and probably intermarriages with) Red Hat Miao and White Miao.)

The photos were taken during a visit to Da Shu Jia village in October 2000.  We were greeted by a troupe of young (and some very young) girls and boys who gave us a performance of singing and dancing with song, flute and Jew's harp solos.  The troupe's clothing was very glitzy and had influences from various groups, especially Clean Water and Red Hat Miao.  The choreography for the performance had been created by a village girl in Senior Middle School.  She also performed, compered and sang a final song of farewell to us.  The village women had arranged demonstrations of waxing batik lengths for skirts and then we were able to purchase textiles with the school girls helping the older women to read and write figures.  There was some fine batik lengths for sale which had been waxed twice - with two intensities of indigo dye.  Although the village received quite a few visitors during a year they were very welcoming and we were received with freshness and charm.

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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Jpeg 82K Young dance troupe, Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h14.jpg

Jpeg 74K Young dance troupe, Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h19.jpg

Jpeg 98K The leader of the young dance troupe - a senior middle school girl - who had choreographed the performance.  Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h20.jpg

Jpeg 39K Some of the very youngest of the performers of the dance troupe - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h07.jpg

Jpeg 46K Young dancers showing the influences in the village - Red Hat Miao, White Miao and Clean Water Miao - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h17.jpg

Jpeg 47K Boys in the dance troupe pretending to walk like old men - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h08.jpg

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Jpeg 78K Red Hat Miao costume on one of the dancers - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h31.jpg

Jpeg 75K Red Hat Miao costume swirling to the dance - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h28.jpg

Jpeg 85K Excess of decoration - dancers -Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h22.jpg

Jpeg 79K Clean Water Miao style - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i32.jpg

Jpeg 105K Choreographer (Senior Middle Schoolgirl) and Jew's harp soloist - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h24.jpg

Jpeg 59K Solo flautist - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010h36.jpg

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Jpeg 51K Examining the Polaroid instant photo of themselves - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i09.jpg

Jpeg 74K Attracted to the glitz - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i21.jpg

Jpeg 43K A beautiful batik waxing of a skirt length - the artist is Clean Water Miao although the design looks heavily influenced by Red Hat Miao - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i10.jpg

Jpeg 67K Focusing on developing the batik design - We saw some very fine batik work in this village - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i08.jpg

Jpeg 120K Working on a braid - the costume shows both Clean Water and Red Hat Miao - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i07.jpg

Jpeg 80K Clean Water Miao old lady examining her fine batik - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i12.jpg

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Jpeg 49K Examining some hemp or ramie fibre - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i16.jpg

Jpeg 53K Examining a batik skirt the top part of which is in the Clean Water Miao style but has added strip of embroidery rather like the Red Hat Miao - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i35.jpg

Jpeg 83K Young girl's skirt - probably batik on cotton - shows two intensities of indigo in the pattern which may suggest 2 waxings - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i36.jpg

Jpeg 81K Clean Water Miao old lady examining hemp or ramie fibre - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i17.jpg

Jpeg 104K Little girl all dressed up in her festival finery although she was too young to dance - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i04.jpg

Jpeg 78K Batik artist shows her beautifully executed batik skirt length which indicates by its two intensities of indigo dye that it has been waxed twice.  I bought this length for my collection with the help of the school girl on the left who helped us barter by writing and interpreting the figures for the older lady.  Note the embroidered sleeves which can be removed and are placed over the sleeve of the jacket.  Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i18.jpg

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Jpeg 27K House, Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i27.jpg

Jpeg 31K Two old ladies come to watch the textile market - Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i25.jpg

Jpeg 35K The view from Da Shu Jia village, Xin Zhou township, Longlin county, Guangxi province 0010i29.jpg
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