How China's Huayao Dai people make clay pots
Zhao Ying

Dao Zhengfu is a proud potter from China's Huayao Dai community, a branch of Dai ethnic group famous for having clothes with colorful decorations on the waist area. He lives in Tuguo Village, Xinping County, Yuxi City, southwest China's Yunnan Province. The village is known for its clay pots. 

For thousands of years, Huayao Dai people have used clay pots to cook meals and store water. Most people in this village can make clay pots, and Dao happens to be one of them. He inherited the skill from his elders.

Dao loved to play with clay when he was a child. He learned to make clay pots from his mother and the elderly in the village since he was 13. He showed us how to make a clay pot before firing. Watch the video to learn more!

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