beating sticky rice as part of a dance programme in Gan He village, Ya
Rong township, Huishui county, Guizhou province, south-west China. The
people living in this village are known as Qing Miao. There has been much
intermarriage between Miao and Bouyei which is evident from the every-day
costume of the women. The pieced skirts of applique and wax-resist being
worn by the girls were originally only worn at funerals but today they
are worn for special festivals and dance competitions. Note the bands
of complex weaving on the sleeves of the women's jackets.