Southern China Guizhou traditional folk art


We’re headed to the southern province of Guizhou, to a remote autonomous mountain area populated with many ethnic communities like the Miao, Yi, and Dong.  You’ll get a glimpse of daily life, festivals, and ancient folk traditions, including the centuries-old skills of decorating clothing.  Learn how the youngest kids learn to embroider tiny and intricate symbolic decorations on everyday clothes, hats, shoes, and carrying bags to bring good luck and long life.  See some real samples before making your own tiger hat or zodiac animal paper cut!

70-90 minutes

Ages 5 – 8 make paper tiger hats based on traditional protective hats worn initially to celebrate turning 100-days old, for other important dates, and for good luck.  Some materials and preparation are required (this varies by venue and may include cutting hats from a pattern, supplying oak tag, or having us prepare everything).

Older participants cut the current year’s zodiac animal or their own in the tradition of Chinese paper cuts, sharpening fine motor skills, cutting and gluing.

60-90 minutes



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