Updated 9 years 5 months ago

For my inquiry project, I've decided to research the traditional costumes and clothing of Bai Minority in the Xizhou area. Ever since we arrived in Xizhou, I've been enamored with the bright colors and intricate patterns. This topic is important to me because I'm very interested in design, color, art, and culture.

Updated 8 years 6 months ago

My knowledge of traditional Bai minority clothing is somewhat limited. I only know what I have seen, and cannot really describe what I have seen. However, from observation, I have learned the basic clothing of the Bai minority. from what i can tell, clothing is light, flowing, with many flowers. A headpiece seems to be very popular with the older generation. 

Updated 9 years 5 months ago

To find my resources, I'm going to seek help from three Linden Centre Staff Members. So far,  I have two people who I know I will interview, and one to go.

1) Li Ping

Though Li Ping is the resident calligraphy expert at the Linden centre, as soon as I explained my project to her, she agreed to help me. I have not conducted my interview with her yet, but she has provided me with some wonderful resources about the ethnic minority clothing from the Linden Centre Library.

2) Mr. Linden

Updated 7 years 10 months ago

The main point that I hope to share with my audience through my final product is the long-lasting efforts that the Bai women have made in order to preserve their traditions, especially related to their clothing. My audience for this project would be the Shanghai American School community, and if I decided to post something about this project on the internet, perhaps the world. In addition to my thesis, I hope that my audience will gain an understanding of the natural elements of the Erhai Lake Valley that are portrayed in Bai nationality clothing.

About This Learner

Hello, I'm Madeleine. I was in the pilot Microcampus program in 2012. In Xizhou, I researched Bai Minority Clothing because of my interest in the patterns and embroidery on Bai clothing. Though a seemingly lackluster topic, I found that my project became less and less about clothing, and more about the preservation of traditions in a village that is becoming more and more exposed to the world outside of the valley. I welcome you to take a look at my project, and see how my ideas and thoughts had developed over the course of a month!