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The clothing worn by Xiangye people was made from cloth the women wove themselves, sewn with linen thread made from locally grown fax. Women not only produced the cloth, they also worked as tailors, transforming it into clothing to meet the needs of everyone in the household. The traditional colour of Kam clothing was dark blue. It was popular partly because it was naturally resistant to showing the dirt. All the clothes were dark, a bluish black colour. Many things were made to be black and shiny: men's jackets, trousers, headwraps, shoes and socks, women's jackets, skirts and belts, shiny black buckets and shoulder poles, black bed quilts, coffins and so on. After marriage, and especially after giving birth to a child, a woman wore two skirts. The outside one was a 'new' one, while the inside one was tattered and torn, like a grass skirt.

Keywords: black bed quilt; clothing; coffins; headwraps; trousers; women's jackets



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