Nestled against the Tibetan highlands in the remote mountains of Liangshan in southwest China, the land of the Nuosu people was until the 1950s beyond the easy reach of the Chinese government, and the culture of the Nuosu developed with little Chinese influence. In the 1960s China’s Cultural Revolution suppressed and eroded Nuosu culture, but since the 1980s there has been a resurgence of Nuosu ethnic identity and culture, and a revival of traditional arts. Members of the CMEF board and our colleagues at the University of Washington have brought back handicrafts from Nuosu villages to share: traditional village-made red-yellow-black lacquerware, silversmithing and jewelry, as well as embroidered clothing and textiles that feature elaborate needlework. All profits from the sales of these handicrafts are returned to the Nuosu village of Yangjuan in the form of scholarships and community projects conducted by CMEF and our local collaborators.

Mountain Patterns: The Survival of Nuosu Culture in China, by Stevan Harrell, Bamo Qubumo, and Ma Erzi, discusses traditional Nuosu clothing, laquerware, jewelry and other artistic and cultural aspects of the Nuosu.

 Lacquerware  Lacquered Bowls Jewelry
 Embroidered Clothing  Embroidered Cloth