How China's Hani people use plants to dye cloth
Zhao Ying

For Hani people living in Yuanjiang County, Yuxi City in Yunnan, natural plant dyeing is a tradition preserved and passed on for generations. Hani women most often use Strobilanthes cusia, commonly seen in the field and on the mountain, for indigo dye.

In the afternoon, Long Zhengfu, an inheritor of Hani people's traditional palm fan dance, went into the mountain nearby to pick Strobilanthes cusia for her daughter. She was going to use the plant to dye a piece of new cloth. Watch the video to see how she makes that happen.

For more on Made in Yunnan:

How China's Huayao Dai people make clay pots

How China's Dulong people make bamboo baskets

How China's Lahu people make roasted tea

How China's De'ang people make sour tea

How China's Bulang people make authentic bamboo tube tea

About "Go! Yunnan" series:

Yunnan Province in southwest China boasts of spectacular natural landscapes, biodiversity and diverse ethnic groups. Among China's 56 recognized ethnic groups, 25 are in Yunnan. This livestream series will take you on tour to six cities or autonomous prefectures in Yunnan and see the little-known food, scenery and folk customs. Stay tuned for our upcoming livestreams!

(Cover image designed by CGTN's Li Yueyun)

(If you want to contribute and have specific expertise, please contact us at