： (Ethnic Costumes, Guizhou, China)
Guizhou, located in south-west China, is home to seventeen ethnic groups such as Miao, Bouyei, Tujia, Yi, Gelao, Hui, Bai, Zhuang, Mao Nan,Yao, Mongol, Manchu, Mulao, and Qiang. Varied and colorful ethnic cultures and relatively enclosed local environment keep their costumes preserved in diverse patterns. According to an investigation, the costume varieties exceed two hundred. Take as an example the Miao dress, which leads the list of all ethnic dress for its diversity of patterns and decorations and for its exquisite craft. Clothes in the old times and at present time are decorated with complicated designs, either fastened with buttons at the front or with round collar. The skirts and trousers also vary; there are long, middle-length, short and mini shirts, and long trousers with 80-centimeter wide leg and tight medium-length pants to the knees. It boasts simple felt capes as well as dainty wraps with distinct patterns. More importantly, the Miao dress keeps the features of each dynasty in history and marks the evolution of Chinese costume. The ethnic costumes in Guizhou also demonstrate rich cultural connotation; different designs and symbols on the clothes record histories of each ethnic, the worship of totems, and many legends, which turn the clothing into a wordless rare book. This exhibition displays many ethnic suits along with their decorative skills, supplemented with some photos and videos of the local scenery and customs as well as performances displaying costumes and craft. It unveils the dress culture of ethnic groups in Guizhou, their simple and diligent life in harmony with nature, and their mysterious and profound culture and customs.
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