More pieces from Mrs Zhang's collection. I am not sure if this is Miao, but I love the colour scheme - very restrained.
Several rooms in Mrs Zhang's large apartment were basically store rooms for her collection. She would like to open a museum/teaching centre in Kaili. Although it looks a bit disorganised, items were sorted by type and she knew where things were. But like a lot of private collections, I am sure it needs more than one person to catalogue everything. Also, a lot of the stories about the different pieces are possibly not yet written down. It would be a big project, but a wonderful one.
A blanket - perhaps Maonan?
Stunning jacket, but I am not sure exactly which group it is from.
I think this blanket may be Buyi? I like the stepped pattern.
I think this is woven, not stitched.
Miao silk 'one strand' embroidery.
A Geija batik jacket. Although they Geija have been classified as part of the Miao minority, they are different people. This will be from near Kaili.
Very fine cross stitch. I think this may be from the western part of Guizhou Province.
I kept coming back to this piece and I wish I'd bought it. The centre looked very fine and I am sure Martin Conlan (Slow Loris) showed me a similar piece which was woven rather than stitched.
The view from the apartment. A heavy rainstorm was coming across Kaili city.
Mrs Zhang's collection is amazing and I hope she can achieve her ambition for an embroidery centre - it would be a great attraction for textile enthusiasts visiting the region.