Updated 6 years 7 months ago

The topic that I selected for my inquiry project is textiles. It first stood out to me because I recently traveled to India where fabric and color is a big part of the culture. I have also had the opportunity to visit many other countries with diverse textiles, which has inspired me to investigate the fabric culture in Xizhou. An important part of understanding an area's textiles is knowing how they are produced. The process can be very informative and interesting, so it is my goal to thoroughly research each step.

Updated 6 years 7 months ago

The most experience that I have with creating textiles is tie dying. It involves cloth, dye, and rubber bands or string. From what I have done in the past, a piece of cloth is tied up with rubber bands or string in a particular way according to the chosen pattern. Then sections are dipped into different colors of dye and it is left to soak. Lastly, it is rinsed with cold water (hot water will wash the dye out) and unravelled to dry. I only have experience with making very simple designs such as the spirals or polka dots.

Updated 6 years 7 months ago

In order to begin my research, I must have resources where I can gather reliable information. There are a few people in the Linden Center who might be able to help me find these resources. My first option is Li Ping, who has a general knowledge of Xizhou and knows what places are best for learning and Textiles. Another option might be Jeanee Linden, who works with designing clothing, and also has some knowledge about textiles in Xizhou. I can interview them and record our conversation for future reference. 

Updated 9 years 5 months ago

On April 29th, day 12, we all went on a group trip to a tie dye factory in the village of Zhoucheng. There, we got to make our own tie dyed cloths. I got to watch the cloths go through all the steps of the process which takes about two or three hours for a "professional," not including drying. First, a yellowish dye is used to trace a pattern. In our case, this was a butterfly. Then, a needle and thread is used to stitch the outline of the butterfly. The strings are pulled together to form clumps of cloth. The clumps are tied up tightly and the string is knotted.

Updated 7 years 10 months ago

The point of my project was so that I could learn about the process of making tie dyed fabrics in the Bai minority, so that is my thesis. 

My project will be presented to a variety of people. It will be shown to the Microcampus group as well as school staff such as principals, teachers, and parents. It is also possible that we will be lending the Linden Center copies of our inquiry projects. 

About This Learner

I am an alumnus of the Microcampus program. I visited Xizhou with 10 other students in March of 2012 as part of the pilot, Group A! I am now 16 years old and attending high school in the United States as a junior. I was first interested in Microcampus because of the amazing travel and environment experience it offers. My time in Yunnan has inspired me to join other unique team programs throughout high school, such as Odyssey of the Mind and the FIRST Robotics Competition. In all the years it's been since I left Xizhou, I still haven't seen grass so green or a night sky with so many stars!