I went to ZhouCheng today to answer a question in my phase 3 and take pictures of Bai clothes. We visited numerous shops, and I was kinda disappointed to find out that most of the embroidery on the clothes is machine made. I guess machines are more efficient. I saw headdresses, blouses, skirts, trousers, and belts. The embroidery was mostly done in red or pink, but there was also some blue and multicolored ones. And though Bai clothing in general isn't my inquiry project, I learned what the headress the women wear symbolize. The crescent shape symbolizes the moon, the while tassles symbolize the wind, the while fringe symbolizes snow, and the flowers symbolize... flowers. As well, I learned that men don't wear their Bai traditional clothes as much as the women do (they only wear it at festivals) because the main color of their garments is white, so when they work, it gets dirty easily. It's complicated to wear and wash, so they limit it to special occasions.
Afterwards, I worked on service learning. I the muslim ladies that we talked to previously didn't let us interview them, so we tried to find othes. A woman at the antique shop wasn't old enough. A 70-something barber wouldn't let us interview him. A tailor, though he talked to us, didn't let us interview him either. Sabrina recommended Mr. Duan, the eldest son of the eldest son who still lives in the same house that has been in the family for generations. He knows Mr. Tafel, so Mr. Tafel helped me arrange a meeting with him. He was an interesting person, with experience of the collectivity farming in China. He also knew of the Linden Center when he was a boy, when it wasn't even the Linden Center yet.
Lastly, I went to Happy embroidery and am glad to say that I completed the first layer of part of the embroidery. I got phase 3 finished, phase 4 finished, and made progress on service learning. Oh, and we celebrated Madeleine V's birthday (happy birthday!) with cake.
Picture 1: Bai clothes
Picture 2: Bai headdress
Picture 3: Ms. Li and I at the Happy Embroidery workspace