Yi Jackets

Ref. Number: A934

Country: China, Yi Tribe

Yi Jacket

Yi Jacket

The people known in Chinese as the Yi 彝, and in English as the Lolo, live mainly in the hillside and basin areas in Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou Provinces together with the northwestern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Prefecture. The Yi ethnic minority is reputed to be a nation with a long history and splendid culture within South Western China.

Some scholars believe that the Yi are descended from the ancient Qiang people of today’s western China, who are also said to be the ancestors of the Tibetan, Naxi and Qiang peoples. They migrated from southeastern Tibet through Sichuan and into Yunnan Province, where their largest populations can be found today.

Yi Jacket

Yi Jacket

They practice a form of animism, led by a shaman priest known as the Bimaw. They still retain a few ancient religious texts written in their unique pictographic script. Their religion also contains many elements of Daoism and Buddhism.

Mainly six types of clothes are scattered in six different regions of Yi ethnic minority. However, women usually wear clothes with beautiful flowers embroidered on them and long trousers with exquisite lace or skirts with numerous pleats. Men like to wear black narrow sleeved clothes, and loose pants.

Yi Woman's hat

Yi Woman's hat

Yi Jacket

Yi Jacket

Both men and women wear head-handkerchiefs on their heads, while the women’s are made with beautiful pictures embroidered on them. The Shaman sometimes wears huge black hats that look like a cross between a sombrero and a turban.

Yi women are skilled at weaving clothing, making garments and decorating them with embroidery. The upper three parts of their long skirts are made of cloth of different colors. The forth part is pleated.

Yi Jacket

Yi Jacket

Yi Jacket

Yi Jacket

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