Li Jiang Ying, a Big Flower Miao woman who is 60 years old and had been
taught at a missionary school, was the maker of both these two skirt lengths
- the one on the left of the photo is made from ramie and the one on the
right is hemp. The indigo design on both has been created via a
batik wax resist with the wax being applied to both sides of the fabric
completely covering all the white areas of fabric. Both skirt lengths
are excellent examples of the skill of an accomplished batik artist.
The fabric - both ramie and hemp felt identical - was very soft.
These two lengths were bought by Gina Corrigan for the British Museum
collection. The apron which Li Jiang Ying is wearing is made by
stitch resist rather than wax resist. This is favoured for work
clothes as being more hard wearing. Xian Ma village, Hou Chang township,
Puding county, Guizhou province