Asia | China | Yunnan Province | Lijiang – The village of Baisha
Better late than never, we headed to Baisha today, hoping to meet some more intelligent sage like Mr. Zhang or other unusal people. The village is a little Lijiang in the making with hordes of tour groups coming to see the frescos, lead by guides holding a yellow flag and rushing them along. Vending stalls lined the streets at the village entrance. The fresco museum was under construction, but nothing else other than the ticket booth was complete yet.
We wandered into the back streets of the village and saw a batik cloth workshop. Panes and panes of colorful cloth in blue, green, brown, and burgendy flowing slightly in the breeze composed a scene reminiscent of the movie ‘Judou’. The owner told us that they were one of the two biggest dye shops in the village, and has been doing it for at least 70 years. Everyone was busy farming during this season, otherwise the whole family would be here tying clothes here. He held up a piece of cloth and pointed to the a tiny square of loose cloth in the corner, ‘The name of the person who made it is written here.’ I was impressed that the village artists realized how much their John Hancock might be worth. I lifted up the cloth to see the name just so I could say I saw his/her early works in case this person becomes a big shot in the international art world. The characters stitched on the cloth were ‘shi san zhi nu’ (13th niece).