This is an excellent example of Maonan work using the traditional colours of pink and blue and incorporating traditional motifs important to their culture. The wide panel includes the ‘water wheel’ or ‘the wheel of heaven’ pattern, the thinner panels include the ‘sunflower’ and Ba Jiao (eight cornered flower) patterns. The predominant use of the ‘phoenix flower’ and Xiang Lu Flower (resembles an incense burner) represent both their agricultural based lives and spiritual beliefs.
The impact of the changing social structure in rural China is weakening many of cultural traditions as the older generations slowly pass away and the young move to the cities to seek employment in modern construction or industry. Younger generations struggle to see the relevance of ancient crafts in the contemporary world. This work is an exceptional example of vintage Maonan weaving which is increasingly becoming hard to find.