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The Miao have a very long history. Their legends claim that they lived along the Yellow River and Yangtze River valleys as early as 5,000 years ago. Later they migrated to the forests and mountains of southwest China. There they mostly lived in Guizhou Province. Military attacks in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries forced them into the nearby provinces of Guangxi, Hunan, Hubei, and Yunnan.

The Hmong are an Asian ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.

China | Changjiao Miao woman wearing traditional costume and playing a bamboo flute. Guizhou Province | ©Bruno Morandi

China Changjiao Miao woman wearing traditional costume and playing a bamboo flute.

Ethiopia. People from the Lower Omo River Valley // Hans Silvester

These are from a book by photographer, Hans Silvester: Natural Fashion, Tribal Decoration from Africa. Published by Thames & Hudson. They are from the Surma and Musi tribes of the Omo Valley in East Africa.

Guerriero Sikh - Nihang Sikh from India

Guerriero Sikh - Nihang Sikh from India i love india style

China’s Miao ethnic minority artisans. ‘Miao’ doesn’t specify one ethnic group; it’s a term China uses to classify the nine million non-Han Chinese living in various agrarian tribes across the southwest. Miao culture and textiles are quite diverse across villages in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces

China’s 'Miao' ethnic minority artisans, a term used to classify 9 million non-Han Chinese living in various agrarian tribes across the southwest. Miao culture and textiles are quite diverse across villages in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.

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