Friday, May 28, 2010

Pictures





I had the girls' pictures taken last week by my friend Trasie (whom I met a loooong time ago at church camp!). I got a CD of the photos in the mail today. I love them! I love the pictures. I love the girls. And I love the clothes....
Let me explain about these dresses. I bought them in Guizhou, Rachel's province in China. Guizhou is incredibly beautiful, but still very isoated. Very few Westerners visit there, but it is a popular tourist destination for Chinese people, largely for the gorgeous landscape - mountains, caves, and waterfalls. We spent one day visiting some of the biggest tourist sites. My mother described this day as "a feast for the eyes". And it was! There are a lot of minority groups in Guizhou (China is 95% Han, so it is rather unusual to see other ethnic groups. In Guizhou though, a large percentage of the population come from non-Han groups.) and some of the sites we saw were in areas with a lot of Bu Yi people. Outside of the "dragon cave" Bu Yi women had set up little stalls selling souveniers. Among the offerings were bright floral dresses and pants sets like nothing I had ever seen. It was raining and we were in a hurry, but Mom and I could not just walk past those clothes. Our guide did not understand our interest, but we insisted on stopping to shop. (Sort of like getting excited about seeing cowboy boots in Kansas, I guess!) Mom bought several shirt/pant sets just for the fascinating bindings and details on them. I bought these little red shirts and skirts. I loved them then and I love them still. I have seen hundreds and hundreds of Chinese dress outfits (mostly silk) but I have never seen anything at all like these. I don't know if they are Bu Yi or just a style popular in the area. In any case, my girls are always excited to wear their red dresses and I love seeing them and the memories they bring.

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