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National Minorities in Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces

Phila McDaniel

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. East Asia 2010

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Guizhou province in southern China has the country’s largest concentration of National Minorities. Yao, Miao, Yi, and Zhuang predominate, but Tujia, Bai, Qiang, Bouyei, Dong, Gelao/Gelo, and Shui are present in significant numbers. Although Bouyei culture is quickly modernizing, dress has remained distinctive, seen on festival and market days, particularly on the elderly and infants. Traditional male dress comprised handwoven indigo jackets and trousers. Today most males wear contemporary Han clo

Zhuang National Minority

Phila McDaniel

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. East Asia 2010

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The Zhuang nationality is China’s largest minority. Today most Zhuang live in Guangxi province, in southwestern China. Others live in the adjacent eastern part of Yunnan province, and Guangdong, Guizhou, and Hunan provinces. Traditionally Zhuang have been subsistence farmers growing rice, this work shaping their traditional dress. Today, Zhuang are often also involved in forestry and modern industry; they helped develop the modern rail system in southwestern China. During the Tang dynasty, Zhuang

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