We visited the Xijiang Miao Village which is the largest Miao Village with only 1,000 homes. The Miao people have a rich tradition of singing and dancing at their festivals and a reputation for extending a warm welcome to visitors.
We had a nice dinner followed by a folk dance performance. The hats are made of a shiny foil that does not weigh down the dancers. They are embossed with symbolism and topped with the shape of water buffalo horns. The costume is adorned with elaborate hand embroidery.
If you pound dough long enough with large wooden hammers it will actually cook into a chewy bread.
I was selected from the audience to be part of the entertainment. Silly questions and rice wine. I was a little nervous. I didn't really understand the question. It was in Chinese. I think they asked what I had for dinner. But maybe not because I was picked up and carried away!
The lavish costumes and the joy expressed by these young women made them an easy choice for a painting.