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China Adorned

Ritual and Custom of Ancient Cultures

Professor Qiyao Deng, Cat Vinton


A rich visual encyclopaedia of the fashion, adornment and rituals of Chinese ethnic minority groups, through the full cycle of life events


Aesthetic influences drawn from China have long resonated throughout Western art, design and thought. China Adorned challenges the monolithic idea of ‘Chinese’ culture and fashion, turning the lens on the rich clothing traditions of the country’s ethnic-minority peoples.

Drawing on more than three decades of research by cultural anthropologist Professor Qiyao Deng, the book documents and demystifies the customs and rituals of more than thirty minority peoples through their clothing and accessories. Deng’s never-before-published archival photos sit alongside contemporary imagery by photographer Cat Vinton that showcases fabrics, jewelry and the surrounding landscapes, helping readers to better understand the deep connections between people, place, ritual and adornment. Contributor essays delve further into textiles and techniques, the role of the artisan and the extraordinary resilience of material cultures that face disappearance, offering a timely reminder of the importance of preserving these traditions for generations to come.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 27.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 400 pp

Publication date: 1 September 2022

ISBN: 9781760760588

About the Author

Qiyao Deng is the Director and Guest Professor of the Visual Culture Research Centre of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and the honorary Vice Chairman of the China Adventure Association. Cat Vinton is an ethnographic photographer, specializing in photographing nomadic individuals and remote communities.

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