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... in other primary colours. There is a large wooden vat standing in the courtyard and we are told the material has to be dyed 8 times. What is a revelation, is how they achieve the various designs. A template is printed on the undyed material. It is then stitched in such a way that it appears all ruffled up. This protects the areas that should remain a natural colour and thus after dying, a pattern is created. Sounds unlikely we know, but we saw it with our own eyes. There ...
... tea but we did. It was faintly blue in colour. We saw the whole process of making the the die fabrics. First a pattern is painted on using a plastic sheet with holes through it in the required patter. Then the tying is done. Some piece use rice grains. It can take a month to tie the fabric into the desired pattern. It is then placed in a vat of indigo that is mixed with limestone and left until the desired colour is reached. This can ...
... a very touristy part, and we had lunch in Foreigner Street, a "pedestrian only" street. There were a few other westerners there and as were eating outside, we were the focus of a lot of staring and photo taking. I think the locals come to Foreigner Street for a bit of entertainment. The local high school was out and there were scores of teenagers, the girls in sort of sailor suits, walking past, eating takeaway noodles. They would occasionally spot us and take a ...
... lower bunks in a
soft sleeper carriage and have the whole four bunk unit for
ourselves for the seven hours - luxury. We can sleep, read, write,
etc as we feel. (Have just been joined by a young family, Mum, Dad
an toddler, the latter proving most friendly and interested in our
family photos on this computer.)
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... was nothing left for me to do in Lijiang but leave. So off I went to Dali, picking up a great lift with Liguiren and his wife before landing in the original banana pancake hippy hangout of Dali. In all honesty, after Shangri-La and Lijiang, I didn't have high hopes for Dali but although touristy it's a lot more chilled and has a quirky vibe about it and doesn't have nearly as many identical tourist shops. While there's not much to do here it's a good place to chill ...