Assistant Professor of Chinese Art History Kate Lingley gives a scholars-eye view of the exhibit, "Writing with Textiles: Traditional Textiles of Southwest Chinese Minorities." The exhibit features beautifully crafted clothing from over 15 ethnic groups and 100 subgroups of people from southwest China.

Lingley begins by mentioning that UH Manoa's art history program is unique in that it is explicitly Asia-Pacific focused. Then she introduces the exhibit by pointing out clothing styles influenced by proximity to Han Chinese. Special attention is given to the Miao people, both their elaborate silver ornamentation and prosaic expression of "Writing with Thread."

This is the first time these items have been seen in the United States. The music is a traditional Miao folk song for hauling water called "Dan shui ge."

"Writing with Textiles: Traditional Textiles of Southwest Chinese Minorities" ran at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Art Gallery in 2008.

Malamalama magazine


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