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Bai Minority Group Baby-Carriers from Yunnan Province, China

[Bai embroidered baby-carrier: 34k]

The Bai people live in what is now Yunnan Province of southwestern China. The women have kept much of their traditional dress.

[Detail of Bai embroidery: 4k]

If the first born baby is a girl, she is carried in an embroidered baby-carrier called a guobei, which is unique to the Bai nationality.

Figure 1: Bai embroidered baby-carrier

Figure 2: Bai embroidered figure

The guobei is embroidered with peony flowers in the center and plum blossom and chrysanthemum on both sides, all surrounded by dancing butterflies and a phoenix above and lotus with green leaves, magpies, animals, and flowers at the bottom (from Daughters of Mount Changshan and Erhai Lake, The Bais, by Yang Guocai).

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