China

From the Land

Dong Arts, Guizhou Province

“Linking traditional craft with contemporary design and promoting them through the most cutting-edge marketing strategies give tradition a new life.” —Dimen Dong Cultural Eco-Museum

In ethnic Dong communities, women are involved in all aspects of textile production—from planting and harvesting cotton to spinning, weaving, and embroidering. The garments, which express the makers’ creativity and emotion, can take years to complete.

The Dimen Dong Cultural Eco-Museum in Guizhou Province collaborates with fifteen local Dong villages and forty-six clans to safeguard indigenous Dong embroidery, architecture, and musical traditions. As access to these villages continues to increase, communities are working to ensure that the region’s cultural ecology is protected and developed with local participation.

FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS

Dimen Dong Cultural Eco-Museum participants include:
Ren Hexin 任和昕, Dimen Dong Eco-Museum director
Du Kexin 杜科欣, 100 Songs Program director and tradition handcraft researcher
Wu Zhangshi 吴章仕, Dong musician and music teacher
Wu Bixia 吴碧霞, singer, embroiderer, and weaver
Wu Guoying 吴国英, singer and tradition handcraft artist
Wu Qianchun 吴前春, musician and instrument maker
Wu Taoai 吴桃爱, singer and tradition handcraft artist
Wu Xiuchun 吴秀春, singer, embroiderer, and weaver
Wu Taonan 吴桃难, singer and tradition handcraft artist
Wu Yuanliang 吴元亮, singer and tradition handcraft artist

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Young singers pose in traditional clothing. Photo courtesy of the Dimen Dong Cultural Eco-Museum

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