Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Beyond the Great Wall - Dai Ethnic Minority

There are 1.5 billion people who live in China, and approximately 92% are Han Chinese, that is ethnically Chinese. Most of this blog explores the Han culture. However, in the outer regions of China, beyond the great wall,  various ethnic "minorities" abound. In fact, there are 56 officially recognized ethnic "minorities" in China, which accounts for about 125 million people.

The Dai live mostly in southern and southwestern Yunnan province, and are related to Lao and Thai people. They still follow a degree of their traditional animist religion and practice Buddhism.

Dai boy with traditional headpiece
Photo Credit: Lisa
Continue reading for a printable bookmark inspired by Dai embroidery

The Dai are considered skillful farmers, growing rice, sugar cane, bananas and melons.

Dai farmer
Photo Credit: Lisa
They are also known for their weaving and embroidered artistry.

Colorful Dai embroidery
Photos credited to Paul Arps
Dai women wear a long skirt or sarong, and a short jacket. Dai men have many tattoos on their chests and forearms.

Dai Woman in Rice Field
Photo Credit: Lisa

I've created a bookmark inspired by Dai Embroidery, and included it as a free printable below. Pea colored hers then cut it out and glued it to some black construction paper, similar to the dark fabric over which the embroidery is done.

Elle turned hers into a cuff bracelet, by cutting a toilet paper roll, stapling a piece of elastic, and gluing the "embroidery" over it.

Follow along with us this week as we explore the Dai culture in China, learning about their bamboo houses, the new year water splashing festival, the traditional and graceful peacock folk dance, and tasting their pineapple rice.  

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