A ‘hundred bird’ costume, originally worn by Miao village chiefs during the Guzang festival, which occurred every twelve or thirteen years, at a time of worshipping their ancestors. Later it became festive dress for participants.
The costume embroidered on a silk matted base, made from cocoons. The design of birds, butterflies and fish and with masks running along the shoulders. The skirt with twelve pendant panels ending in white beads and white feathers.
Miao, late 19th, or early 20th century.
Guizhou Province, area of the Duliu river.
Length: 121/122 cms
Marcel and Zaira Mis Collection, Belgium, no. 0840
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