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Peaked Hat of Jino Ethnic Minority
Updated: 2009-08-13 11:37
Peaked Hat of Jino Ethnic Minority

The Jino ethnic minority lives in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province and its neighboring areas in southern China. The Jino ethnic minority has its own language, but no letters of its own. They believe that all things on earth have souls. They worship their ancestors, and revere Zhuge Liang, prime minister of the Shu Kingdom in the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280). The Jino people chiefly live on farming, and their tea planting has a long history. The Pu-Erh tea produced there is very famous.

The Jino men usually wear a black-white lattice coat with buttons down the front, with some red and blue stripes on the front, and a sun pattern of about 20 square cm on the back; for the lower part of the body, they wear loose pants or shorts.

The Jino women wear a chicken-heart-shaped embroidered vest, covered by a collarless coat with blue, red, yellow and white lattices and with buttons down the front. For the lower part, they wear a red cloth purfled short skirt, and blue or black leggings. On the head is a manteau-like peaked hat reaching the shoulders. Such a hat looks very unique, something like the peaked hat on the wind coat in modern metropolises. It is made by a folio cloth about 60 cm in length and 23 cm in width, which is sewed at one side. Wearers usually fold the brim of the hat upwards to form a margin about one finger wide.       

When the slim Jino women are in such a set of clothes that feature harmonious colors and properly cutting, they look dantesque, decent and beautiful.

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