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Sha Jiao village

(Sha Jiao village is in Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area - 40km to the east of Xingyi itself - in Guizhou province, south west China.  The village was originally a white Miao village but now seems to be more Red Hat and Clean Water Miao, in dress, at least.)

Sha Jiao village is beautifully tucked into the landscape with attractive stone houses.  As it was the rice harvest time most of the village was out at work.  However, we were welcomed by 6 girls singing and 3 men playing lushen pipes and a drum.  As we made our way up to the village and into the school yard we were offered alcohol by the girls who then danced for us whilst the men played.  We were able to buy textiles from some of the older women.  We saw two types of indigo wax resist skirts in the village - one with the main skirt all waxed and then with cross-stitch in red and yellow around the bottom (Red Hat Miao style) and the other a wax resist skirt with broken lines of red embroidery dotted around it but with no bottom border (the 'original' Clean Water Miao style).  From a 60 year old woman and a 70 year old man we learnt that the village had originally been a White Miao village with the women wearing white skirts.  The woman was herself a Clean Water Miao and had married into the village.  Various other Miao had also come into the village and intermarried - Flower Miao and Red Hat Miao and also Han.  The old man said that his wife originally made 16 skirts as they had four sons and she planned to give four skirts to each wife.  However, one son married a Bouyei so there were spare skirts - although she would be expected to wear the village skirt when she came to visit.  

all text & images Pamela A Cross 

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Jpeg 30K Approaching Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010k34.jpg

Jpeg 43K Past the rice fields to Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l03.jpg

Jpeg 50K The welcoming party coming out of the village to greet us - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l15.jpg

Jpeg 35K Musician leading us into the village - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l20.jpg

Jpeg 57K The village welcoming party - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l17.jpg

Jpeg 26K Old man watching us enter the village - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l22.jpg

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Jpeg 52K Welcoming us to the village - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l28.jpg

Jpeg 31K One of the welcoming dances - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l37.jpg

Jpeg 34K Musicians in the village playing for the dancers - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l27.jpg

Jpeg 55K One of the welcome dances - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l36.jpg

Jpeg 36K Dancers showing the influences of Clean Water, Red Hat and White Miao in their clothing - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l35.jpg

Jpeg 43K Clean Water and Red Hat Miao influences on the costume - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m23.jpg

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Jpeg 44K Very ornate aprons in the Clean Water/Red Hat Miao style - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l30.jpg

Jpeg 40K Pouring out the welcome libation - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l32.jpg

Jpeg 43K Organising the welcome drinks watched from the school by children and other villagers - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l33.jpg

Jpeg 23K Organising the welcome drinks watched from the school by children and other villagers - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m20.jpg

Jpeg 35K Beautifully embroidered lapel on this Miao woman's silk jacket - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m07.jpg

Jpeg 30K A baby carrier bought in the market but with an added patchwork band on the top - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m17.jpg

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Jpeg 35K Miao dancers and textile seller - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m16.jpg

Jpeg 57K Miao dancers with our local guide, Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m27.jpg

Jpeg 27K Mother and child - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l25.jpg

Jpeg 32K This Miao lady told us that her dress was in the old Clean Water Miao tradition - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m14.jpg

Jpeg 41K Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m08.jpg

Jpeg 26K This Miao lady told us that her dress was in the old Clean Water Miao tradition - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m13.jpg

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Jpeg 60K Batik design skirt length - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m04.jpg

Jpeg 58K Clean Water Miao skirt lying over separate sleeves - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m05.jpg

Jpeg 74K Close up of Clean Water Miao batik and embroidery skirt - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m37.jpg

Jpeg 30K One of the musicians who has given his lushen pipes to the small boy behind him who wanted to play them - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m26.jpg

Jpeg 32K Musician with his lushen pipes and two small boys - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m25.jpg

Jpeg 36K Young Miao woman with a jacket more in the Red Hat Miao style - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m22.jpg

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Jpeg 52K Finely embroidered separate sleeves lying over an embroidered apron - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 010m06.jpg

Jpeg 28K Young Miao boys at the entrance to the village against the stone houses and rice harvest - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010l09.jpg

Jpeg 59K Ear rings, bracelets lying on embroidery (possibly for baby carrier pieces) and, to the left, a batik skirt length - Sha Jiao village, Wan Teng township, Xingyi metropolitan area, Guizhou province 0010m15.jpg
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