Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Horsetail embroidery

Horsetail embroidery is a specialty of the Miao and Shui ethnic groups in Guizhou province. Young girls begin learning embroidery at about 5 or 6 years old and can spend 10 years on a single embroidery piece, which is specially prepared for their wedding. Horsetail embroidery requires three or four horsetail hairs bound together with white cotton, after which the image's shape is delineated. The images are filled with silk threads of different colors. The most popular horsetail embroidery products include tablemats, shoe-pads and wallets.

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