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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:13 am 

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I wonder if this skirt is Miao's.... I was told that it were used by Miao`s men, but actually I couldn't find it anywhere, so I wonder what should it be...
It`s really pleated, I was also told it is made of paper, and actually I`m trying to find it out...
Any ideas???



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:15 pm 
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Welcome to the forum!

Traditionally some Miao men did wear pleated skirts although it is rare today for any to still be doing so. Generally most of the men will be wearing trousers.

Some Miao skirts are completely plain with no dyeing and wax resist or embroidery. I don't think I could tell if such a skirt - without any of the rest of the costume - was a man's skirt or a woman's skirt. In the book 'Guizhou's Hidden Civilization' by Zeng Xianyang, page 110, there is a photo of a man wearing a natural coloured (white), pleated skirt and the caption is:
"The pleated skirt, puttees (leg-wrappings) and embroidered shoes dressed by man in Agong of Zhijin county are out-and-out ancient costume"
The photos in the book were taken in Guizhou from 1978 to 1984.

I would think that the skirt in your photo is made of hemp or ramie rather than paper. Hemp and ramie are both what are known as 'bast fibres', made from a layer of fibre beneath the bark of a plant and the threads have been spliced together.

Very best wishes,

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