Sam's Exotic Travels to Matang Village in Leishan County

Matang Village, located roughly 18 kilometers north of the city of Kaili, is a Gejia ethnic minority village. The Gejia specialize in batik, and are fond of colorful clothing, which includes everyday attire as well as festival costumes.  They also are skilled embroidery and the petit point stitch on which it is based. 

Matang Village's Gejia girls begin to learn the art of batik (the art of dyeing multi-colored patterns in stages by applying melted wax to the areas where one does not wish the given color to appear, as the wax prevents the dye from penetrating) at a very tender age as young as 78 years old and become adept at it by the time they reach adulthood. 

Gejia Batik is purchased the world over as well as by tourists to the region, who can often score a bargain on the spot by those who appreciate the uniqueness of the Gejia batik patterns as well as the excellent craftsmanship that goes into their production and which rests on lifelong training in the art and technique of batik. Some of the more common items of Gejia batik include women's jackets, coats, dresses and a corset-like vest to be worn over a blouse, while batik suspenders are a typical men's item. Other everyday applications of Gejia batik include curtains, quilt covers, tablecloths and place mats.

Gejia young girl, Matang Village, Leshan County, Guizhou Province, China  Gejia Grandmother, Matang Village, Leshan County, Guizhou Province, China  Stockings and Shoes, Matang Village, Leshan County, Guizhou Province, China  Youngster, Matang Village, Leshan County, Guizhou Province, China

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