Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

Detail of baby carrier
Baby carrier (detail), China, Guizhou Province, Qiandongnan region, Geyi Miao people, mid-20th century. The Textile Museum 2015.8.164. The Bea Roberts Collection of Chinese Minority Textiles. Photograph by Neil Greentree.
February 24–July 9, 2018

For centuries, minority cultures in China’s Guizhou Province have donned elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories for community celebrations. Dozens of festival costumes new to the museum’s collections explore these traditions now endangered by modernization.

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Detail of pillar rug from the museum's collections

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