Yao Textile of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Beautiful embroidered textile of the Yao tribe, Southern China.  The Yao, about 3 million strong scattered across the mountainous regions of southern China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, have traditionally lived in fortified villages (yao zai) in build of wood and bamboo. They are also renowned highland agriculturalists.  I bought this extravagant piece in Feb 2011 when I visited the misty Yao villages and spectacular terraced fields in the Dragon Spine Mountains (Longji) just north of Guilin in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (Gvangjsih Bouxcuengh Swcigih in the Zhuang language)