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Sani Women


The Sani is a branch of the Yi ethnic minority.Huabaotou(colored turban) of the Sani women is still an important part of girls' habiliment now, just like the legendary Ahshima (a goddess of love in the national myth).

Huabaotouis usually made by ingenious girls themselves. It is about three meters long and about 0.17 meter wide. A piece of black cloth is used as the base, and on it are embroidered many colored stripes. The workmanship of the colored stripes indicates the wisdom and talent of the girls, and is also a criterion for a young man in his choice of his spouse.   

Hence,Huabaotouis very beautifully made. Whenever they have a happy event or go out, girls will put on their brand-new ornaments. Putting onHuabaotouis time-consuming and takes seven or eight steps. It is regarded as a symbol of freedom and happiness by the local people.

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