Day 11: What a Surprise...

Today was a day of inquiry, a day of exploration, and a day filled with wonder... Ms. Mai and I had decided to explore the path beyond the Linde Centre, not knowing exactly what we might find. What had awaited us was something I couldn't image, as we both turned the corner to find the unexpected. To our surprise, we had found a couple of textile shops displaying their own handmade, beautiful pieces of art. I knew I was in for a treat, for what I was about to find did infact, push my project forward for the better. Curious as to what we might find, the both of us walked into the little shop as it displayed traditional pieces of embroidered cloths and colorful dyed fabrics.
 
The small shop had a subtle sort of radiance, only after staring at the walls for a while would you notice the vivid colors staring back at you in the form of gorgeous Miao minority patterns. Miao culture has learned to produce their textiles quite differently compared to Bai native culture known to Xizhou (The culture that my research has been based on). Mrs. Shi was welcoming and seemed to recognize Ms. Mai immediately, insisting that we sit on the couch scattered with lovely embroidery. This process helped me understand the many differences between the Bai and Miao minorities. Throughout the research process, I had never come across the techniques needed to produce many of the textiles (tie-dye, bamboo weaving, embroidery) that are related to a specific culture. I noticed the wonderful pieces hung gracefully on the walls, hundreds of years of history in delicately sewn holiday tops. How is it I've never been here before? 
 
 
Being an eighth grader from a highly metropolitan city, my initial reaction was to purchase everything thing I saw (for my family and friends) as gifts of Christmas. After asking about the prices, I took a step back, realizing that it was definitely worth it. I soon began to actually see the clothing, and not how it would look on a person, but the actual work behind it. It was a spectacular feeling, for I now understand the time and effort that it takes to make the hundreds of textiles that hung within the shop After a short period of questioning and a promise that I'd be back, I left with Ms. Mai, content and excited. The experience of comparing these cultures is truly something I will not forget, for I am now able to study not one, but two sides of the story I am still yet to uncover...
 

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Wow - that picture is amazing

Wow - that picture is amazing and the fabrics and textiles look fabulous

I would be happy for you to buy me something special from this lady's shop - I leave it to you to choose and I will reimburse you in HK.

Not long until we see you in HK!

 

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Hi Everyone! My name is Holly and I am so grateful to say that I am part of the "Ultimate" Microcampus Group. I am learning so much and am so lucky to experience life outside the Shanghai bubble. Not only am I focusing on a topic that I greatly enjoy, but I am able to make connections with the many locals I will soon get to know. This trip I am part of is an unforgettable experience and will "ultimately" be an amazing trip. See you guys in a month!