Traditional dress of Miao ethnic group
Men wear short and indigo-colored jackets that are buttoned down the front or to the left, long trousers with wide belts and long black scarves.Women wear high-collared short jackets and pleated skirts of varying length. These indigo and red pleated skirts can be divided into three lengths: long, mid-length and short. Long skirts reach near the ankle, mid-length skirts are below the knee and short skirts are above the knee.
Traditional dress of Bai ethnic group
The word bai means white, and they like the color very much and often wear white clothes. Women generally wear white dresses, sleeveless black jackets, an embroidered apron and a pair of loose and indigo trousers. The men wear white jackets, black-collared coats, and a pair of indigo trousers.
Wearing accessories is a standard for local people, especially for ethnic groups. According to historical documents, in Chenzhou, Yuanzhou and Jingzhou, unmarried men used to wear a golden feather in the bun, while unmarried women wore a necklace. Rich men wore a hairpin, an earring in the left ear and a necklace all made of silver; besides wearing the same silver accessories, women from rich families wore earrings in both ears and used a thin silver line as the hairband. Children wore necklaces, longevity locks, small bells, Guanyin or Buddha pendants, bangles, which are made of various materials such as gold, silver, copper, precious stones and pearls.
Ear piercing is a custom for local women. Every year, on the eighth day of the 12th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, young girls will have their ears pierced with the help of local jewelry makers. When a girl reaches the age of 12, she will start to wear earrings.
(Translated by Yang Hong)