Crow Magazine Vol.15-I Travel Through Day and Night to See You


The Nakhi are an ethnic group inhabiting the foothills of the Himalayas in the northwestern part of Yunnan Province, as well as the southwestern part of Sichuan Province in China.

The Pear Flower Blossoms/ The House of Nakhi from 70’s/ The old town of Shuhe/ A Living Room Entrance.

According to historians, the Nakhi were originally a branch of the Qiang People. They settled in the fertile Baisha and Lijiang areas by 300 b.c..

When the Nakhi moved away, they left the plants, tools, half-prepared daikon and other stuff in the yard, unintentionally creating a sense of wabi-sabi.

Farming Tools of the Nakhi/ The pony is waiting to give the tourists a tour.

Men’s wear of the Nakhi in Lijiang area is basically the same as that of the Han. In winter, they would put on sheepskin cape to keep warm. Women’s wear, however, is different in various areas. The Nakhi women in Lijiang wear loose long gowns, waistcoats, pleated aprons, long trousers and sheepskin capes. During festivals, the Nakhi women dress themselves in traditional costumes and their all-time favorite - Seven-star Capes. This kind of cape, made entirely with black sheepskin, uses black and white as basic colors and is decorated with colorful “stars”. The upper part is hemmed with 6-cm long black wool. And the back is the embroidered with lines of “seven stars”. People call this cape “Pi Xing Dai Yue”, celebrating the hard-working Nakhi women who even work under starlight and moonlight. The cape is the combination of beauty and practical use: since the Nakhi women prefer carrying things on the back to using shoulder poles, the cape also functions as pad to protect their backs. 

The dominating religions of the Nakhi include Dongbaism and Tibetan Buddhism. Therefore, the Nakhi worships Tibet. In the pictures below are thin blankets brought back from Tibet by the older generation. They like to seam the blankets into bed sheets. So that whenever a Nakhi couple got married, their family will prepare this kind of bed sheets for them. The tradition started years and years ago.

/The Woolen Carpet from Tibet