||"Clothings and Ornaments
of China's Miao People", Cultural Palace of Nationalities originally
published by The Nationality Press in1985. Classic volume on Miao costume.
Thought to be out of print but then what looks like a reprint of the original
English language version appeared around 1999/2000. Good quality photos
with English text.
||"A Picture Album of
China's Miao Costumes and Ornaments" published by CIP in 2000.
ISBN 7-221-05218-2. An important pictorial reference for the collector.
It is a thick volume crammed crammed with photos of costumes being worn,
with details and attributing the 'styles' to particular locations where
the costumes were photographed. Chinese and English text. Unfortunately
the quality of the photos - colours and definition - leaves something
to be desired but a core volume, nevertheless.
by Deryn O'Connor published by the James Hockey Gallery, WSCAD, Farnham
in 1994 ISBN 1-899817-00. Catalogue to coincide with the 1994 exhibition
at the West Surrey College of Art and Design. Most of the costumes illustrated
were then in the collection of Gina Corrigan whose location photos illustrate
the text plus studio shots of the exhibition costumes. Deryn O'Connor
was until 1990 Principal Lecturer in Textiles at WSCAD and was responsible
for much of the research. Excellent reference work with beautiful photos
both in China and in the studio.
||"Miao Textiles from
China" by Gina Corrigan in the Fabric Folios series published
by The British Museum Press in 2001 0-7141-2742-6. The costumes are in
the British Museum collection and most were collected by Gina Corrigan.
Helpful reference work with excellent photos.
||"Miao Embroidery from South West China" by
Ruth Smith with Textiles
from The Gina Corrigan Collection. Researchers: Margaret Baker, Gina Corrigan,
Ros Downing, Marianne Ellis, Cobi Erskine, Deryn O’Connor, Thea
Nield, Jeni Pinel, Phyllis Smith, Ruth Smith. Published
in 2005 by Occidor Ltd. ISBN 0-9528804-1-5. The impetus for the
book arose from the study of the collection of costume and textiles brought
back from China by Gina Corrigan. This book is an attempt to record some
of the embroidery stitches and techniques before they disappear. Ten researchers,
some of whom have visited Miao villages, have analysed and recorded the
decorative stitch techniques in the collection and these are illustrated
with Gina’s photographs. The focus of the investigation has been
the most highly decorated items of Miao clothing, namely the women’s
festival jackets, skirts, aprons and baby carriers.
||"Imprints on Cloth: 18 years of Field Research among the
Miao People of Guizhou, China" by Sadae Torimaru and Tomoko
Torimaru published by
The Nishinippon Newspaper Co. in 2004. ISBN 4-8167-0592-9. Excellently
illustrated compilation of 18 years of research on the Miao of Guizhou
province. Meticulous series of colour photos and explanations of the various
techniques of dyeing, waxing, polishing, pleating and other techniques.
An excellent resource for collectors.
||"Silver and Silk:
Textiles and Jewelry of Guizhou, China - Selections from Mingei International
Museum's Collection" by Phila McDaniel published by the Mingei
International Museum in 2002 ISBN 0-914155-15-6. Beautiful volume accompanying
2002 exhibition at the Mingei International Museum of textiles and jewelry
of 17 nationalities living in Guizhou in the Museum collection. Photos
include location shots as well as very fine close-up and full garment/jewelry
shots. Includes commentary from collector Phila McDaniel who has been
travelling to Guizhou since 1984.
Costume and Culture in Remote China" by Gina Corrigan in the
Odyssey Guides published by Airphoto International Ltd. in 2002 ISBN 962-217-674-7
2nd Edition Updated Odyssey guidebook to Guizhou with a strong focus on
the ethnic groups and textiles.
Guide to Guizhou" by Gina Corrigan published by The Guidebook
Company Ltd, Hong Kong in 1995 ISBN 962-217-384-5. For a tribal textile
collector - how every guide book should be written! Guide book to Guizhou
which very much features the tribal groups in Guizhou and includes many
of Gina's excellent photos based on her many years of travel in Guizhou.
Civilisation" by Zeng Xianyang, photographer published by CIP
in 1999 ISBN 7-102-02045-7. Zeng Xianyang's photographic record of his
research on the ethnic minorities of Guizhou between 1978-1984 when he
worked as a photographer in Guizhou Pictorial Publishing House. This was
a time of resurgence of ethnic cultural rites and customs after the 10-years
of suppression during the Cultural Revolution. Text: English and Chinese.
A classic volume capturing the costumes just before they were subjected
to outside influences as the province began to open up.
Photographs by Zeng Xianyang. Published in 1997, possibly reprinted 2001.
ISBN 7-102-01125-3. Would seem to be photos from 1978-1984 period when
Zeng Xianyang worked as a photographer for Guizhou Pictorial Publishing
House. All Chinese text.
||"Ethnic Costume from
Guizhou: Clothing, Designs and Decorations from Minority Ethnic Groups
in South West China" by The Nationalities Affairs Commission
of Guizhou Province, The Folk Art gallery of Guizhou Province and the
Provincial Museum of Guizhou. Published by Foreign Languages Press, Beijing
in 1987. ISBN 0-8351-1738-3 China various 1987 English text. Attributes
photos to major ethnic groups e.g. Miao, Dong but no location information.
||"Textile Arts of Miao
People", Arts Collection series published by Kyoto Shoin Co.,
Ltd in 1997 ISBN 4-7636-1512-2 Japanese, minimal English. Some location
photos of costume. Mainly close-up details but with no text information.
The survival of Nuosu Culture in China" by Stevan Harrell,
Bamo Qubumo and Ma Erzi published by University of Washington Press in
2000 ISBN 0-295-97937-2 Mainly black and white with limited number of
colour photos of the material culture of the Nuosu (a branch of the Yi)
with explanatory text to accompany and exhibit at the Burke Musuem in
Miao Wax Printing" by Yang Wenbing and Yang Ce published
in 2002 ISBN 7-5412-1064-1 Text in Chinese and English. Full of colour
photographs of wax resist.
||"Richly Woven Traditions,
Costumes of the Miao of Southwest China and Beyond" by Theresa
M Reilly published by China House Galley, New York, China Institute in
America in 1987. 64 page catalogue of 1988 exhibition at the China House
Gallery. Mainly black and white photos with explanatory text plus general
outline of Miao people, textile types, costumes and rites.
||"Miao Textile Design"
published by Fu Jen Catholic University Textiles and Clothing Graduate
Institute: Textiles and Clothing Culture Centre in 1993 ISBN 957-9000-02-6.
Good close-up photos of the textile techniques, especially the embroidery
but with very few photos showing the embroidery in the context of the
overall garment design. Text in Chinese and English which attributes the
photos to geographic locations as well as textile close-up to location
from China, Guizhou Province" article by Eric Boudot &
Philippe Fatin in 'Art Tribal: Traditional Arts from Africa, Asia, Oceania
and the Americas' in Spring 2003 No 2, p130-149 ISSN 1660-3699-02 Article
with excellent photos of costume being worn, particularly at festivals
where the shots are particularly atmospheric.
||"Weavers of Ethnic
Culture: The Miaos" by Gu Wenfeng in the Women's Culture Series:
Nationalities of Yunnan published by Yunnan Education Publishing House
in 1995. ISBN 7-5415-0928-0. Some good photos of textile techniques, especially
hemp cloth production. The author is a Miao and an assistant researcher
with the Ethnology Research Institute of the Yunnan Academy of Social
Baby Carriers: The Art & Soul of the Miao and Dong People"
by Yu-Chiao Liu Lan, Christi Lan Lin, Brenda Lin published by Les Enphants
Co. in 2001 ISBN 957-744-658-2 Published for the 30th anniversary of Les
Enphants Co. Text in Chinese, English and Japanese. Excellent quality
photos of Miao and Dong baby carriers
||"The Dong People of
China, A Hidden Civilization" by Gail Rossi with photography
by Paul Lau published by Hagley & Hoyle Pte Ltd ISBN 981-00-1551-8.
A glimpse of lifestyles, customs, history, folk-arts and architecture
of the Dong people. Excellent photos.
||"Azeleas in the Woods:
The Yaos" by Chen Bin and Li Minghui in the Women's Culture Series:
Nationalities of Yunnan published by Yunnan Education Publishing House.
ISBN 7-5415-0927-2 China Yao Some location photos of costume and description
of costume and culture
||"The Costumes and
Adornments of Chinese Yi Nationality Picture Album" Published
in 1989 ISBN 7-80526-033-8 Large book of colour photos of Yi costume and
adornments with English text.
of Yunnan Nationality Museum" compiled by the Yunnan Nationality
Museum and published by Yunnan Fine Arts Publishing House in 1995. ISBN
7-80586-171-4 Dress and ornaments. Mostly Chinese text but with some
|| "The Clothes and
Ornaments of Yunnan Ethnic Groups" published by CIP in 1989 ISBN
7-5367-1989-2. Fieldwork photos of the 26 nationalities of Yunnan showing
clothing, festivals, daily life and textile processes. Unfortunately almost
all the text is in Chinese.
||"Life Among the Minority
Nationalities of North West Yunnan" by Shen Che in the China
Nationalities series. Published by Foreign Languages Press, Beijing in
1989. ISBN 0-8351-2222-0, 7-119-0056. Photographed by Shen Che in the
early 1980s when he became fascinated by this region of Yunnan and transversed
the remote and difficult countryside taking almost 10,000 photos. English
||"Art of Guangxi
Minorities Customs: Colorful Costumes" (2 Volumes) - Guangxi
Minzhu Fengsu Yishu: Wucai Yishang (2 Volumes) published in 2001. ISBN
7-80674-112-7. One volume full of excellent photos of various minorities
in Guangxi weaving their traditional costume;second volume with photos
of the costume. All text is in Chinese. Excellent quality photographs.
||"Art of Guangxi
Minorities Customs: Embroidered Baby Carrier" - Guangxi
Minzhu Fengsu Yishu: Wazai Beidai (2 Volumes) publsihded in 2001 ISBN
7-80674-111-9. One volume full of excellent photos of the baby carriers
of various minorities in Guangxi weaving their traditional costume;
second volume showing details
of embroidery. Considerable text which is all in Chinese. Excellent quality
||"The Yao: The Mien
and Mun Yao in China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand" by Jess G.
Pourret published by River Books Co., Ltd, distributed outside Thailand
and USA by Thames & Hudson 2002. ISBN 974-8225-52-6. Full of excellent
photographs and a textile collectors' dream when it comes to identification
showing very many textile examples both by themselves and being worn.
Colour photos from the end of the twentieth century with black and white
photos from the 1920s, 1940s and 1950s - unfortunately I have yet to find
to background of the earlier (very excellent) photos. The material is
not grouped by country but by topic illustrating similarities regardless
||"The Akha: Guardians
of the forest" by Jim Goodman published by Teak House, Asia Film
House Pty Ltd in 1997. ISBN 1-876437-02-2. Information on the Akha, history,
culture in Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam and China. Full of excellent
photographs with very many showing textiles being worn.
of Li Ethnic Group" by Wang Xueping published by XinHua
Publishing House in 2001. ISBN 7-5011-5250-0. Very heavy, hard to find
book devoted to the Li. Unusually half the book, including photo capitions,
is in English.The book is full of photos, much of it taken in the early
1980s when a research team of Nationality Institute of the Chinese Academy
of Social Sciences conducted research about the Li traditional culture.
In 2000 and editorial board was set up to publish a photo collection of
the Li culture. Wang Xueping collected material and checked the manuscript
with Li in remote areas. Information on the different Li groups is spit
into linguistic groupings.
||"Among the Big
Knot Lois of Hainan" by Leonard Clark in the September 1938
edition of The National Geographic Magazine published by the National
Geographic Society. Leonard Clark explored the interior of Hainan
Island in July and August 1937 or 'the looming mountains of the wild Lois
(Li) country' as Clark referred to it. The article includes 29 black and
white photos including some of Ba-sa-dung Li - including their clothing
and weaving, Ha Li and a Miao group.
||"Costumes of the Minority
Peoples of China", Arts Collection series published by Kyoto
Shoin Co., Ltd in 1996 ISBN 4-7636-1511-4 A Sino-Japanese collaboration
in Japanese, with some English. Pocket sized book with a lot crammed into
it. Very good quality colour and black and white photos with some English
text on major ethnic groups. There are several pages of photographs
of both Li groups and Li costume as well as a few pages of text.
Nationalities' Art Gallery" published by the Shanghai Museum.
Slim catalogue of costumes on display in the Museum.
||"China National Costumes
and Ornaments Exhibition" published in 2000.
Costumes of China's Ethnic Minorities" by Yuan Yang published
by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the National Costume Museum of Beijing
of Clothing Technology in 2001. ISBN 962-7213-43-8 Catalogue of an exhibition
at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum 19.112.2001-17.3.2002. Some costume and
a lot of jewelry.
Accessories of Chinese Minorities" published by the National
Museum of History, Taiwan in 2000. ISBN 957-02-6406-3 Book published to
coincide with an exhibition of the same name. 500 items of the 2000 collection
of three collectors. Excellent quality photos with English and Chinese
||"Ethnic Costumes and
Clothing Decorations from China" by Shanghai Theatrical College
published by Hai Feng Publishing Co., Ltd - Sichuan People's Publishing
House ISBN 962-238-145-6. Large book of colour drawings of costume across
the wide range of minorities in China. English text.
||"Hemp & Ramie
in Guizhou" by Gina Corrigan in Hali magazine, Issue 113 November-December
2000. Article based on research over many years on the Miao in South West
China, especially in Guizhou during which Gina Corrigan has painstakingly
gathered together the details of the processing of hemp and ramie from
plant to garment. Illustrated by Gina's photos.
by Jenny Balfour-Paul published by the British Museum Press in 2000 ISBN
0-7141-2550-4. In depth study of indigo including its history, geography
with a hugh breadth of beautiful, fine quality photographs of indigo dyed
textiles with a wide range of location shots including south west China.
A tremendous resource and at the same time and excellent read.
||"The Art of Asian
Costume" published by University of Hawaii Art Gallery University
of Hawaii in 1989. Exhibition with apparel from 20 Asian countries from
the Asian Costume Collection of the Department of Human Resources at the
University of Hawaii.
||"Textiles and the
Tai Experience in Southeast Asia" by Mattiebelle Gittinger, H
Leedom Lefferts Jr published by The Textile Museum, Washington 1992. ISBN
0-87405-030-8. Catalogue from 1992 exhibition at the museum. Mainly black
and white photos but 23 colour plates. Detailed chapters from the authors
on Tai texile forms, contexts and meanings, textiles in the service of
Buddhism, in the service of Kings and in the service of self. Main focus
on the Tai as majority populations in Thailand and Laos but also references
to the 'strategically situated minorities' in Vietnam and Myanmar and
the small minorities in China, India and Cambodia.