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National Minorities in Yunnan Province

Rachel Silberstein

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

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Yunnan is the most culturally and biologically diverse of China’s provinces. Twenty-five of China’s recognized National Minority groups live in the province, the greatest number in any single province. Although the dress of each group changed greatly in the twentieth century, for many groups it remains a vital means of expressing social and marital status and cultural identity, and retaining cultural cohesion. Ethnic dress has changed differently in response to the specifics of environment, lifes

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