Rachel comes from a province in southwestern China called Guizhou. It is isolated and mountainous and, for China, sparsely populated. It is also stunningly beautiful. When we were there we were able to see some of the province's natural wonders, including the largest waterfall in Asia and a gorgeous, cathedral like cave, which we toured by small boat. At the entrance to the miles-long path to the cave was a string of stalls with vendors selling all sorts of trinkets to the Chinese tourists (we were the only Westerners there). One stand was selling children's clothing - frog clasp shirts with matching skirts or short pants. The style was classic Chinese, but the the colors and patterns were unique and they were decorated with intricate lattice work and unusual trim. To our guide's annoyance (we were already late for lunch), Mom and I stopped to buy some of the outfits. I am so glad that we did! I have seen hundreds of Chinese dresses and "pajama" sets, but never anything at all like those from the rural Guizhou sellers.
This evening I dug out one of the Guizhou outfits and Rachel brought the paper umbrella she decorated at China Camp and we went outside for a little photo shoot. Beautiful clothes on my beautiful Guizhou girl.