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The Dong (endonym: Gaeml or Kam), the Chinese name for this ethnic group, are Kam-Sui people resident in the southern Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Hainan and Guangxi. The Kam are thought to have descended from the ancient Liào who inhabited these regions already 2000 years ago, where the Kam still live today. The Dong men are exquisite carpenters, whose unique buildings are constructed without using nails, including the drum towers, wind and rain bridges, many-storied wooden houses and intricate village facilities. Dong villages are so picturesque that, despite their remote location, the Chinese tourist industry has been keen to bring tour groups here for a number of years already. The women’s weaving and embroidery skills are as sophisticated and advanced as the men’s architectural abilities. They are also famous for their indigo-dyeing techniques, achieving various colour gradations and shiny surfaces, which are characteristic features of their traditional garments. Moreover, the Kam people are renowned for their polyphonic music, the Kam Grand Choir having been listed by the UNESCO as a world-class intangible cultural heritage
IV. quarter 20 century, the apron was part of the woman’s costume.
100% Cotton, embroidery and applique work all by hand
Length 47 cm, waistband 63 cm