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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:47 pm 
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I have recently bought a very colourful little book on the costumes of Yunnan ethnic groups:
" Dress and Festivals of the Minority Peoples in Yunnan"
China travel and tourism Press
2004
It is a fairly small glossy softcover book of 120 pages with beautiful photos of minority costumes as worn and a smaller section on festivals and has brief English text.
If anyone is interested, Hanshan Tang has another copy as of 15/07/05

http://www.hanshan.com/

This book is not to be confused with "The Clothes and Ornaments of Yunnan Ethnic Groups" which you may already know.


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Well, it certainly is a 'colourful' book - the photos are really rather oversaturated, especially the red, which is a shame. There are, at least, picture titles in English although the main descriptive text is only in Chinese.

The book is divided up into the main different ethnic groups. There is a mistake in that two different sections both have the same (English) name. On pages 78-79 the ethnic group is supposed to be 'The Derung People'. On pages 90-93 the group is also named as 'the Derung People'. They are clearly completely different ethnic groups and their costume has no similarities.

The people shown on pages 78-79 look to me as if as if they are similar to the Silver Palaung in Myanmar and also Northern Thailand (Michael C. Howard and Wattana Wattanapun's book 'The Palaung in Northern Thailand describe a group which migrated from Myanmar). The same people (including pages 41 and 42) are shown in 'The Clothes and Ornaments of Yunnan Ethnic Groups' (which Siriol also referred to) where, unfortunately, none of the photos have English text. I have not come across the group elsewhere in China so do not know what name they are given there. This second book on the different ethnic groups in Yunnan again has rather over saturated colour photos which is rather distracting.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 5:19 pm 
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Sorry I missed the mistake, as the photos themselves take all the attention!

The Derung people on pages 90-93 are also called the Drung and are a small population living in an isolated mountain valley on Yunnan's border with Burma. They appear to be related to much more extensive populations with similar characteristics on the Burmese side. Until recently the women of this group were known for their facial tattoos which are now only found among the older generation.
The people on page 78-79 are known in China as the De'nang (formerly called Benglong) and appear, as Pamela has said, to be the same or related to the Palaung groups.


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