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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Miao Style Guardian Dragon Bracelet

A powerful dragon that guards Earth's treasures from his lair in the underworld.



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Miao (Hmong) Jewlery

Miao (Hmong) Jewlery by sheilaz413.
Details of a large Miao (known to the rest of the world as the Hmong people) necklace, worn during wedding ceremonies. Guangxi is rich in Hmong culture and the backpacker town of Yangshou is littered with small stores selling Hmong jewlery, handicrafts, and clothing.

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Chinese Miao Girl in Miao Silver Jewelry

Miao 2 by Linon.
A girl in Suzhou city dressed up for what probably was to be the Miao (苗族) ethnic minority (not many of Chinese minorities have SUCH jewellery!) .

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Miao Silver Bracelet, dragon warrior.

Miao Silver Bracelet, dragon warrior.
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silver jewellery replic of bronze relic

silver jewellery replic of bronze relic by jason5yuan.
For sale info, please contact me. Miao Ethnic ear rings. For sale miao jewellery Handmade pure silver jewelry. Items miao jewelry for sale at affordable price. Please contact me for more details.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Silver Ornaments of the Miao Ethnic Group

Silver Ornaments of the Miao Ethnic Group

The Miao ethnic group's silver ornaments are second to none, both in terms of quantity and variety. Miao women's festive attire includes a variety of silver decorations, weighing as much as 15 kilos! The purpose of wearing all this silver is of course primarily aesthetic, but it also shows affluence and is thought to wards off evil spirits.

While usually worn by women, the Miao ethnic minority's silverware is made by men. Categorized by functions, there are hats, clothing, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. The level of craftsmanship ranges from relatively basic styles seen in some of the bracelets and neckbands to very delicate skilful work used to make silver bells, flowers, birds, butterflies, needles, bubbles, chains, and earrings.

There are three basic varieties of Miao silverware distinguished by area. The first type is represented by eastern Guizhou Province where people wear silver ornaments made with a high degree of craftsmanship. The main works are silver hats and clothes. The hats are made of dozens or even more than a hundred parts, topped by tall horn-like decorations. The second style is from the Songtao and Tongren regions, and features silverware inlaid on kerchiefs, shawls, and clothes. Delicate earrings are also made with a high degree of craftsmanship although there is now less silver decoration than before. The third type, from the regions west of Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province, features comparatively few varieties of silverware. Only hairpins, combs, and flower decorations are made there. All three areas make earrings, neckbands, and bracelets.

There is a great demand for Miao silverware but all the craftsmen are amateurs who can often only work during the farming off season. Then in some regions unique "silver villages" or large compound silver workshops appear.

Because the Miao silverware producing regions have no natural silver resources, the hardworking Miao people used to melt almost all the silver coins and ingots they earned. This led to different levels of silver purity as currencies differed from region to region. From the 1950s, the government began to regularly allocate special silver to the Miao people to as a sign of respect for their tradition and customs.

The design of the silver decorations is largely inspired by other art forms such as embroidery and wax printing. The silversmiths consistently improve and enrich the patterns while keeping the traditional designs.

The rich varieties, elegant patterns, and exquisite craftsmanship not only demonstrate the colorful world of Miao people's art, but their spiritual life as well.

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Miao Home Sale - Ethnic charm unleashed

Miao Home Sale by Maggie's World.
One lovely lady in Langde Miao village showed me her little shop next to her kitchen. Most of the things here she and her family have produced.( not the jewelry) Embroidery is the most important art here, it seems. I bought a cushion cover like the ones in the middle row on the right beside the shoes.
Guizhou province.

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