Inheritor of Miao ethnic group's batik craft in SW China's Guizhou

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-07 20:19:12|Editor: huaxia
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GUIZHOU, Nov. 7, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Batik, a craft inherited through generations among the Miao ethnic group in southwest China's Guizhou, has a history of more than 2,000 years. Danzhai County is a major cradle of the Miao ethnic group's batik craft. Bees wax melting, patterns drawing, indigo dyeing, and fabrics boiling are the main procedures of making batik by local people. The folk artwork is famous for its elegant color, graceful patterns and rich cultural meanings.

Yang Fang, 52 years old, learnt the craft when she was 12, and was recognized as the national-level inheritor of the batik of Miao ethnic group in 2018. Through the years, Yang devoted herself into inheriting and promoting the art. In 2004, she opened a cooperative to train local women to master the craft. Her will is to see batik blooming among the people of Miao ethnic group.


Yang Fang draws batik patterns at her workshop in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 29, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang dries the batik cloth at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang draws batik patterns at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang checks batik works at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang walks past a drum tower in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 29, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang dyes batik patterns at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang shows a silk scarf made with batik craft at her workshop in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 29, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang designs batik patterns at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang shows tools for drawing batik patterns at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang draws batik patterns at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang draws batik patterns at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang (front) makes indigo dyes at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang dries the batik cloth at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Yang Fang dries the batik cloth at home in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Oct. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)


Producers: Wang Jianhua, Duan Xianju

Photographer: Ou Dongqu

Cameraman: Ou Dongqu

Editors: Zhu Weixi,Tian Weiwei, Wang Haijing, Wang Qingqin

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