Ancient Chinese Fashion Today

With so many ethnic minorities in China, let's explore the fashion that helps differentiate themselves from one another.


The Miao Ethnicity Group

The Miao have a very long history. Their legends claim that they lived along the Yellow River and Yangtze River valleys as early as 5,000 years ago. Later they migrated to the forests and mountains of southwest China. There they mostly lived in Guizhou Province. Military attacks in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries forced them into the nearby provinces of Guangxi, Hunan, Hubei, and Yunnan. Some Miao even migrated across the Chinese border into Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, Thailand, and Burma (Myanmar). The Miao became known for always being on the move. However, most of the Miao have settled down since the middle of the twentieth century

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The Miao name actually incorporates a number of ethnic groups with various different styles, however one thing remains consistent: their skill with embroidering, weaving, paper-cutting, batik, and jewelry casting.