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Shuanglang Shopping

Shopping in Shuanglang is a must-do thing for tourists to this town.China's southern Yunnan province is well-known as a tourist destination for its subtropical landscapes and the mysterious legends of the local Bai nationality. Among the many handicrafts that the Bai people inherited from their forefathers, tie-dye fabrics, or coloring cloths, have been turned into one of the most profitable businesses.

  1. Tie-Dyed Cloth

It is the creation of a local Chinese ethnic minority – Bai. Bai people use the natural material to do their bandhnu. The pattern of it features the art concept of Bai people. At present, the bandhnu is recommended as the top souvenir for tourists. Different from the one you buy in other place, the dye used in the Dali bandhnu is from the leaves of isatis root. The isatis is an herbal used to cure the cold in Chinese traditional medicine. The natural material decides the bandhnu in Dali is healthier than the one made by artificial dye. Maybe you think the pattern of the bandhnu is simple, but it just shows the concept of local Bai people. If you are looking for a souvenir in Dali for your Dali, please consider the Dali banhnu.(Ps:The area around Dali Old Town has many tie-dyeworkshops. Especially the village of Zhouchengcun eight kilometres north of Dali Old Town is famous for its tie-dye workshops. Not only can one buy various tie-dye products but one can have a go at it yourself as well or follow courses in the tie-dye technique. Zhouchengcun is the location of the "Butterfly Spring" which attracts many, especially elderly Chinese tourists.)

2. Silver and Bronze Ware

The silver and bronze ware is very famous in Dali. The local Bai people are specialized in making these metal wares. The category of the silver and bronze wares covers ring, necklace, earrings, bracelet and hairpin. All of these wares are made with the traditional skill and the authentic materials. If you are interesting in the folk accessories, you can buy some.

3.Bai Ethnic Embroidered Apron Ribbon

The embroidered streamer is part of traditional apron of the Bai ethnic ladies living in Dali area of Yunnan. An apron is normally designed with two spear-like bands of this kind for Bai ladies to wear.The length, color and material of the ribbon are different depending on the age of the wearer. For the elderly: black, blue; sometimes silk; long and wide. For the young: white, blue; normal cloth; short and narrow. Bands for both the young and the elderly are delicately embroidered with white and sometimes red threads.

Butterfly patterns are traditionally designed on these ribbons. And for the young, the patterns vary a lot from plants to birds.

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