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Exploring the mystery of Dongba culture

[ From: Clare Liu | Published: 2008-11-26 Views: 6099 | Booked times: 55 ]
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Beijing pictures, the Pottery Vases the Pottery Vases
Beijing pictures, a Fence-Shape Teapot a Fence-Shape Teapot
Beijing pictures, a Woodcarving Featuring Dongba Script a Woodcarving Featuring Dongba Script
Beijing pictures, the Woodcarvings Featuring Fishes the Woodcarvings Featuring Fishes
Beijing pictures, Goddess With an Exaggerated Bottom Goddess With an Exaggerated Bottom
Beijing pictures, the Fabulous Woodcarvings the Fabulous Woodcarvings
Beijing pictures, a Pleated Skirt a Pleated Skirt
Beijing pictures, the Beautiful Naxi Costume the Beautiful Naxi Costume
Beijing pictures, an Embroidered Skirt an Embroidered Skirt
Beijing pictures, Candleholders Candleholders
Beijing pictures, Necklaces Necklaces
Beijing pictures, Bracelets Bracelets
Beijing pictures, Silver Earrings Silver Earrings
Beijing pictures, the Shopfront the Shopfront
Beijing pictures, the Dangling Charms with Stone Carvings the Dangling Charms with Stone Carvings
Beijing pictures, Batik Batik

Lijiang in Yunnan Province is home to Naxi, an old ethnic minority group that holds a mysterious Dongba culture. I took a visit to Dong Ba E Zu, a handicraft shop in the 798 Art Zone, and it was a colorful experience.

The shops had many interesting items that had different colors and fancy shapes. Among them were pottery vases and teapots, one of them looked like a fence, another like a castle. A fence-shape teapot is an old item used by Naxi people. When the lid was removed, the air was instantly filled with the fragrance of the tea. Prices for these vases and teapots vary from RMB 300 to RMB 1000.

The woodcarvings also fascinated me. I found a round piece of woodcarving work that depicts an old story from this unique culture. Another piece features a goddess with an exaggerated bottom, symbolizing Naxi people's worship for reproduction. Prices for a woodcarving item is about several hundred yuan.

The batik fabrics and batik garments there were also lovely. A violet pleated skirt got my attention, one that is wholly handmade. I liked it because it not only looks Naxi, but also looks metropolitan on a Beijing street.

What surprised me were the silver jewelry items hung on the wall. They were twinkling necklaces and earrings. The earrings were so huge! - And they were just for ordinary Naxi women.

What I appreciate:
Unique culture, excellent handwork

What customers appreciate:
Handicrafts representing Dongba culture

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Shopping in Beijing: Lijiang in Yunnan Province is home to Naxi, an old ethnic minority group that holds a mysterious Dongba culture. I took a visit to Dong Ba E Zu, a handicraft shop in the 798 Art Zone, and it was a col...