Background

About Changshun

 

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Ms. Moringa is targeting at a county called Changshun in Qiannan Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province. As shown from the map Changshun is in the mid south of Guizhou Province. The population here are mainly composited of 3 peoples: Han 40:27%, Buyi 37.23%, Miao 21.74%, others 0.76%.

Changshun sits on an average altitude of roughly 1000m, while most farmlands express the typical characteristics of Karst landscape, which makes it difficult to trap water within the soil, causing great difficulty to agriculture production. Changshun is one of the poorest areas in China.

What’s worse,  a huge quantity of people in Changshun suffer from poverty and malnutrition and leftover children are common in that region. However, this area is abundant in unique batik culture, which is valuable treasure.

 

About Moringa Oleifera

 

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Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. English common names include: Moringa, Drumstick tree etc. It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas where its young seed pods and leaves are used as vegetables as well.

Moringa has a strong growth ability. It can grows well both in tropical environments with ≥3000mm annual rainfall and  in dry environment with 250-300 mm annual rainfall. Besides, it can withstand hot weather but not cold weather, with a possibility to die when exposed to subzero condition. Its harvesting period is from summer to fall.

It’s worth mentioning that moringa has high nutrition value. Moringa has lot of vitamins that are essential for growth and development, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and etc.  Its leaves are an excellent source of protein. Dry, powdered leaves indeed are an excellent source of several quality amino acids. In addition, they are one of the finest sources of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, selenium, and magnesium.Fresh pods and seeds are an excellent source of oleic acid, a health-benefiting monounsaturated fat.

 

About Maple Resin Dyeing

 

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Maple resin dyeing is a unique local culture in south of Guizhou with a long history dating back to Song Dynasty. In 2008, it has been elected to the national intangible cultural heritage list. However, because of sophisticated craftsmanship, it’s popular only among some minorities in that region such as Buyi, Miao and Yao.

Using resin extracted from maple tree mixed with butter proportionally as painting material to draw patterns on a white cloth, after drying, it will  be dyed by indigo. The depth of color depends on the time you put the cloth in the dyeing jar. ( The cloth shown above hasn’t been dyed.) 

However, due to the complex process of maple resin dyeing, long learning cycle, with self-spinning cotton and especially time-consuming production  nowadays, young people do not want to learn, make maple resin dyeing encounter a difficult time.