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10 Anshun and our final attempt to find Batik

Anshun was supposed to be a centre for Batik designs however our arrival in the centre of town did not immediately reveal a thriving Batik trade like the travel blogs suggested. Throughout our trip in China our efforts to communicate were hampered by a language and alphabet barrier. What made this barrier even more difficult […]

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09 Matang Village and what’s left of Batik

After searching for Guizhou batik in Kaili, we headed to Matang village with Billie (our Miao expert). This is where Batik is in abundance he says. Matang is 400 years old. 125 families live there. Families can move away from the village but new families can’t move in. The people don’t think of themselves as […]

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08 Kaili and the continued search for batik

Funny how cities possess vibrations that people can pick up on. Or maybe, we are attributing these cities with our own moods in an act of personification. Either way Kaili sat well with us. The air was fresher, the city felt less claustrophobic. We were instantly assisted by an 18 year old who accompanied us […]

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07 Shitouzhai – A ghost town

Shitouzhai felt like a recreation of an ancient village for tourists that had since been abandoned. The infrastructure to host a thousand tourists was there, but the parking lots were empty. Statues of Buyi women performing tasks associated with Batik textiles lined the river, but there were no Buyi fabrics on display and no women […]

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06 The textiles of Long Ga Village

Entering this village, we had a purpose and it was to dive right into the Miao culture, learn as much as possible and hopefully find some textiles that we can use for our next collection. Longga village is located in west Guizhou and we came here because of the sub-minority group that live here. The long […]

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