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Yi Costume Festival

Digital Image, Description of image from artist
13x19x3 inches (h x w x d)
ultrachrome ink pop-up book, paper

Nearly two thousand Yi gather on a hillside in Yongren County for their annual costume festival. Their embroidery contains important symbols of Yi myths and legends. Long ago, there was a young Yi couple in love. They met in the forest, and in pursuit of the girl, the Devil King tried to kill the boy. An old man taught her to crow like a cock to call out the sun and drive the Devil away. The girl saved her boyfriend and the villagers decided to show their gratitude by wearing cockscomb hats that may bring luckiness, brightness, safely and happiness to the world.




Yi Costume Festival
Yi Costume Festival
Source: Digital Image
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