Miao Embroideries and Leather Belt
Black lambskin belt with silk embroideries on wild silk felt handmade by Guizhou Miao minorities.
The belt crosses the back and is then thread through and tied at the front of the waist.
The "100 Bird Costume", hand-woven with silk thread by Guizhou Miao women and originally worn for special occasions in honor of the ancestors, is now a festive outfit. Symbols of Miao mystical culture, such as flowers, fishes, butterflies and other colorful creatures are sewn on the jacket and skirt made of wild silk felt, hemmed with batik and decorated with white bird feathers on the lower edge. The "100 Bird Costume", ("bai niao yi" in Chinese) is one of the best-known Chinese handicrafts of ethnic minority and has been part of China's intangible cultural heritage since 2006.