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Lou Jia Zhuang village

(Lou Jia Zhuang village lies to the east within the city limits of Anshun city, Guizhou province, south-west China. The villagers are Miao who are sometimes nicknamed 'Flower Miao'. Lao Han also live in the area.)

Driving eastwards from the centre of Anshun city the Miao village of Lou Jia Zhuang may be reached. On 27 October, 2001 we visited the village, where there were 32-33 households totalling 104 people. The Miao are sometimes nicknamed 'Flower Miao' presumably because of the flowers which are drawn in their wax resist. We were warmly and graciously received by the villagers. We were greeted at the entrance to the village by two groups of musicians wearing festival costume - women playing lusheng pipes who offered us achohol and four older men playing various other instruments. In the village square the women gave us a dance performance accompanied by music from the men. This was followed by two women demonstrating waxing and girls working on embroidery. A man showed us the indigo dyeing process. It was not clear whether the indigo was chemical and purchased from Beijing or natural purchased from an indigo farm locally. (Indigo is planted in March and harvest and sold in August-September.) The demonstration was particularly for our benefit as these days the Miao in the village do not normally do any indigo dyeing themselves but take their waxed cloth into Anshun to be dyed. The girls are still trained at around 13 or 14 years of age to do the wax resist. It is now carried out on cotton where previously it had been on hemp. We were able to purchase textiles and they had laid out a good display for us. A Lao Han woman was walking past the village entrance with two little boys and stopped by our bus to watch.

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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to Jpeg 94K Miao women getting ready to greet with alchohol and lusheng pipes as we enter Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province. Note the flowers in the wax resist on their festival clothing which may be the reason that are sometimes called 'Flower Miao'. 0110A12
to Jpeg 104K Miao women greeting us with alchohol, small carved charms and lusheng pipe music as we enter Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province. 0110A18
to Jpeg 93K Miao women greeting us with alchohol, small carved charms and lusheng pipe music as we enter Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province. 0110A19
to Jpeg 65K Miao women greeting us with lusheng pipe music as we enter Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110A23
to Jpeg 123K Miao women playing lusheng pipes to welcome us. The two girls to the left are wearing the modern festival costume of the village and are holding carved charms on threads to put over out heads. The woman near to the camera on the right has a skirt and silver head dress which is not local to this area. It may have been adopted to create more of a stir in the dance competitions or she might have maried into the village from elsewhere. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province. 0110A20
to Jpeg 85K The woman near to the camera on the right has a skirt and silver head dress which is not local to this area. It may have been adopted to create more of a stir in the dance competitions or she might have maried into the village from elsewhere. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province. 0110A21
to Jpeg 46K One of the welcoming musicians at the entrance to Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110A37
to Jpeg 75K Welcoming musicians at the entrance to Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110A34
Jpeg 50K Musician welcoming us into Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110A35
Jpeg 107K Miao woman with baby in waxed (batik) and embroidered baby carrier in Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B04
to Jpeg 94K Miao woman with baby in waxed (batik) and embroidered baby carrier in Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B10
to Jpeg 100K Miao woman with baby in waxed (batik) and embroidered baby carrier in Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B03
to Jpeg 102K Wax resist (batik), indigo, red and yellow dyed baby carrier piece, Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B33
to Jpeg 72K Miao baby looking out of his wax resist indigo baby carrier. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B08
to Jpeg 139K Wax resist (batik), indigo, red and yellow dyed baby carrier piece, Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B34
to Jpeg 86K Miao woman wearing her wax resist (batik) indigo and red dyed jacket. Note her traditional hair style. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B14
to Jpeg 111K Group of Miao women wearing a mixture of clothing including wax resist (batik) and embroidery. The traditional costume has absorbed styles from other Miao as well as other influences. Note the traditional festival hair styles of some of the women. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B12b
to Jpeg 116K Group of Miao women wearing a mixture of clothing including wax resist (batik) and embroidery. The traditional costume has absorbed styles from other Miao as well as other influences. Note the traditional festival hair styles of some of the women. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B12a
to Jpeg 96K Two Miao women wearing their festival costumes setting up their wax resist (batik). Note in the background the wax resist that they are doing for commercial sale. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B17
to Jpeg 66K The wax pot heating in a bowl of burning material. The wax heats more steadily and maintains the optimum heat to keep the wax at the correct consistency rather than being on direct flame which overheats the wax. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province. 0110B16
to Jpeg 81K Two Miao women wearing their festival costumesworking on wax resist (batik) in the floral style which may the reason for their nickname 'Flower Miao'. Note the front and back of their traditional hair styles. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B24
to Jpeg 66K Applying the wax resist using a la dio (literally 'wax knife'). Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province. 0110B23
to Jpeg 73K Miao woman wearing festival costume and hair style using her la dio (literally 'wax knife') to apply the wax resist la ran (literally 'wax dye') in a floral style. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B19
to Jpeg 66K Applying the wax resist using a la dio (literally 'wax knife'). Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B26
to Jpeg 75K Miao woman concentrating on her wax resist. Note her traditional hair style (and a la dio (wax knife) tucked in her hair near the circular (red) comb. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B21
to Jpeg 65K Miao woman showing her traditional hair style (and three la dio (wax knives) tucked into her hair near the right point of her circular comb. Cotton thread and strips of fabric have been used to help secure the coils of hair around the head before the chains are wrapped around. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B27
to Jpeg 66K Miao woman concentrating on her wax resist. Note her traditional hair style (and three la dio (wax knives) tucked into her hair near the circular (red) comb. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B20
Jpeg 86 Miao woman wearing her festival clothing working on embroidery. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B22
to Jpeg 84K Miao woman showing her traditional hair style. A circular hair comb is used with cotton thread and strips of fabric to help secure the coils of hair around the head before the chains are wrapped around. Note the machine embroidered butterflies on the back of the neck of her jacket. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B35
to Jpeg 64K Miao woman holding a strip of her hand embroidery which I have just purchased. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province. 0110B36
to Jpeg 80K Mixing the indigo dye bath. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B29
to Jpeg 120K Taking the wax resist fabric out of the indigo dye bath after its first dyeing. Note the bright turquoise blue as it emerges before it goes a greenish hue as it oxidises. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B30
to Jpeg 110K The wax resist fabric, having been out of the indigo dye bath from its first dyeing and starting to oxidise, has now gone a greenish hue. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110B31
to Jpeg 91K Lao Han woman with children come to see what is happening at the Miao village. Note her apron tied with a knot in front. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110A29
to Jpeg 78K Lao Han woman with children who came to see what was happening at the Miao village. She felt that she was not looking smart enough in her apron so took it off to be photographed. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110A30
to Jpeg 93K Lao Han woman with children who came to see what was happening at the Miao village. She felt that she was not looking smart enough in her apron so took it off to be photographed (see the small boy on the right of the photo holding the apron. Lou Jia Zhuang village, Anshun city, Guizhou province 0110A31
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