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Forum member, Pam Najdowski has sent me information on some "Ethnic Textile & Costume Workshops - Heritage Persist In SE Guizhou, China" to be given in Hong Kong this August by a friend of hers, Paul Lau. Forum members may have in their library - as I have - the book "The Dong People of China: A Hidden Civilization (Enjoying Asia)" by Gail Rossi with photography by Paul Lau.

Ethnic Textile & Costume Workshops - Heritage Persist In SE Guizhou, China

Photography Show, Talk & Specimen Display by Kwok-leung Paul Lau

Workshop One - Textile Process & Costume

Workshop Two - Hair Style, Head Dress, Child Hat & Baby Carrier

Information on the workshops is as follows:
Paul's textile and costume workshops are suitable for any group or individual interested in excellent documentary photography, traditional ethnic heritage from pre-industrialization times and their critically endangered state of existence in real life context.

Hidden in the most remote and inaccessible hills before 2015, SE Guizhou was the last sanctuary for some very rich and unique ethnic culture. Despite some had recently vanished after decades of rapid modernization, what remaining is still incredible and extraordinarily spectacular. Today, same as in ancient times, in some remote villages, most ladies in their 40s or older are still busy round the year creating extremely beautiful arts of textile and costume. They grow cotton and indigo plants in Spring. Caring them for a few months before harvest and process them into cotton fiber and indigo paste. And then, soon after the rice harvest in Autumn they spend most of their time spinning, weaving, dying, polishing, wax painting and making new sets of costumes for the whole family for the coming festivals and special occasions. Details are done by skillfully utilizing dozens of elaborate techniques of embroidery, resist dying and tailoring. In the process everyone of them is a master artisan creating individual designs that contribute to the common characteristics and style of her particular group or subgroup. These works of art on the costume will tell them apart from 200 or so other tribal costume groups in the vicinity.

In the textile and costume workshops Paul will share his expert knowledge and experience since the 1980s. Photographs will be shown in framed exhibition prints and slideshows with a large display. With a pair of clean protective gloves on, participants may carefully inspect and handle some precious samples of textile and costume from Paul's early visits. During those early field works, Paul also collated the stories of the tribes and amassed an extensive collection of photographs for his books, as well as publishing photo stories in prestigious magazines including GEO.

Workshop One - Textile Process & Costume
Date: 20 August 2016, Saturday,

Workshop Two - Hair Style, Head Dress, Child Hat & Baby Carrier
Date: 21 August 2016, Sunday

Venue: Paul's Farm House Gallery in Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island.
Max number of participants is 12.

Time: Workshop duration from 09:30 to 12:30
Fee: HK$500 per participant

Language:English, Paul is also fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Titles in slideshows are in English and Chinese.

Content Highlights - Workshop One - Textile Process
Land & People
Cotton Process: Ginning, Spinning, Sizing, Shedding, Battening...
Indigo Process
Dying & Finishing
Embroidery Techniques: Flat Embroidery, Split Thread Embroidery, Stitch, Cross Stitch, Braid Stitch, Wrinkling Stitch, Fold Embroidery, Knot Stitch, Applique, Chain Stitch Embroidery, Gimp Thread Embroidery, Needle Gimp Embroidery, Tin Embroidery, Silk Felt Applique, Stitch Fold Embroidery, Patchwork, Hook Embroidery

Content Highlights - Workshop One - Costume
Jacket & Chest Apron
Pleated Skirt & Apron
Legging & Shoe
Daily & Casual Dress
Textile & Costume in Periodic Rural Market
Female Textile Merchant From the Village
Costume in Festival & Special Occasion

Content Highlights - Workshop Two - Hair Style, Head Dress & Child Hat
Land & People
Bun & Bundle
Child Hat

Content Highlights - Workshop Two - Baby Carrier
Wearing & Fastening - Front Cross
Wearing & Fastening - Back Cross
Wearing & Fastening - Knot
Head Cover
Exorcising & Blessing

For more information, appointment or booking:
facebook Pages & Albums: Kwok-leung Paul Lau

on-line tribal textiles resource

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