From Yunnan, this unusual old Yi tunic is probably from central Yunnan around Chuxiong. Made of 'fire weed', or hemp, it is quite heavy and no doubt warm. Oriented with the short part in front, the more heavily-adorned panel is worn at the back with the 'tail' gathered up and held by a belt. All ornamentation is done in naturally-dyed wool embroidery, and the edges of the neckline are covered in cotton tradecloth.
Hart’s debut collection features vintage and contemporary embroidery of China’s Miao ethnic minority artisans. ‘Miao’ doesn’t specify one ethnic group; it’s a term China uses to classify the nine million non-Han Chinese living in various agrarian tribes across the mystical southwest. Miao culture and textiles are quite diverse across villages in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, Hart’s geographic source of embroidery.