Corn is their staple food. / This kind of flower is called “Hua Mai” in Zhuang language. People boil them in water so that they can dye the sticky rice into yellow.
The Black-clothed Zhuang women weave the fabrics by themselves. Then, again and again, they will dye the plain white cloth into black with indigos. After years of wear, the black clothes usually gradually return to the beautiful color of indigo.
A woman’s complete outfit is consist of five pieces.
A look at Black-Clothed Zhuang in Tunli Village
After a seven-hour-ride from Nanning to Napo County and another half an hour on road, we finally reached Tunli Village. Tunli Village is a habitation of the Black-clothed Zhuang. Time has passed but it doesn’t seem to change people’s lives here much. They still preserve an original cultural system. People here can understand Mandarin Chinese and are quite talkative. They wear traditional clothes of black, sing old song called “Ni Di Ya” and keep their dated and complicated marriage and funeral customs.