|Beautiful Miao Hand Embroidered Jackets from Yunnan...
The Tradition of Miao Hand Embroidery
Yunnan, the birthplace of tea, is also home to many Chinese ethnic minorities. Yunnan’s ethnic minorities account for about 34 percent of its total population and comprise the highest number of ethnic groups among all provinces and autonomous regions in China. Of the country's fifty-six recognized ethnic groups, twenty-five percent are found in Yunnan province. The women of one of these minorities, the Miao, are well known for their textile skills, sense of color, and intricate embroidery.
Knowledge of traditional Miao embroidery has been handed down from generation to generation. Girls as young as six or seven years old begin to learn their craft at their mothers' sides. For the Miao women, their embroidery works represent their wisdom, hard work, and artistry. Bright colored patterns and designs are embroidered on their costumes which are worn at festivals where boys and girls meet to find their marriage partners. It is customary for a Miao girl to embroider her wedding dress, an effort that usually takes three to five years to complete.
The Miao have no written language. Miao traditions and culture are passed down through the generations in the tribe’s exquisite embroidery. From the embroidered images can be gleaned their legends, displays of ethnic pride or manifestations of their love for nature. In a sense, Miao garments are history books revealing stories in the form of a wide array of unique styles and stitches of colorful designs handed down through many centuries.
The artwork of the Miao ethnic group has been sought after by art collectors and museums worldwide. In Southern California, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has an on-going exhibit of Miao costumes.
China’s recent economic growth and industrialization has made education and employment opportunities in the cities available to young Miao women for the first time. Few return to their villages and the traditional way of life. Consequently, the number of women possessing the extraordinary skills to replicate the same quality of embroidery is drastically diminishing.
Bana Tea Company is pleased to bring you a limited number of these authentic, beautifully embroidered Miao jackets in a variety of dazzling colors. Mei Lee, a teacher, collector and scholar of Chinese minority cultures and customs, came across one of the few remaining Miao artisans during one of her visits to the remote mountainous areas of southwestern China. Mei was able to convince the artist and her colleagues to produce one hundred of these elegant and striking jackets for Bana Tea Company. All craftsmanship, including production of the yarn for the fabric, is by hand. Each design is unique.
• Materials: Hand-spun hemp from Yunnan
• Place of manufacture: Yunnan
• Embroidery: By Miao and Dung women from Yunnan and Guizhou
• Stitching styles used: Satin stitch and open chain stitch
• A full eight days of full-time labor was required to complete each pair of embroidered sleeves
• Brass faux coins decorate the length of both sides of lapel
Jackets with embroidered cuffs are only $170. Without cuffs, $75. Quantities are very limited so we suggest you call for color and size availability and to order.
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from outside the USA: 626 968-0788
Sizes are small (4-8), medium (8-10) and large (10-14)
Colors available with cuffs:
Colors available on plain cuffed jackets:
To order your Miao Jacket, click on your choice of cuff, color and size below. Free shipping on orders over $100.
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