Textile museum shows Tibetan costumes from Shangri-La

December 04, 2016 |

The exhibition of Tibetan costumes from Shangri-La, capital of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province was held at Shanghai Textile Museum from September 24 to November 20.

Tibetans living in the valleys of the Jinsha River and Lancang River wear distinctive costumes consisting of silk and cotton robes and skirts in bright colors. Those living in high mountains wear garments made of animal felt and sheep or yak wool to stay warm in cold terrain. Tibetans who live on farming, logging and fishing wear clothes similar to those of the Bai and Nakhi minorities.

The Shanghai Textile Museum in Putuo District wants more Han Chinese to understand the richness of Tibetan culture through this exhibition, said Jiang Changning, the museum curator.

A collection of colorful costumes and masks worn by Tibetans in Qiangmu dance, their religious dance, was the highlight of the exhibition, according to He Guihua, curator of the Diqing Prefecture Museum.

Diqing is in the western part of Yunnan, bordering Tibet Autonomous Region and Sichuan Province. It is the only Tibetan prefecture in Yunnan with a population of 410,000 people in 25 ethnic nationalities.