Life in China 2017: A Picture a Day, April 29 –I’ve mentioned before that the town next to us, Dalang, is called the “Famous Sweater Town of China.” They have LOTS of tiny little shops with knitting machines, as well as large factories. Once before, I walked down this road with some of these small shops and saw the knitting machines running. I’ve been wanting to go again, but this time, everything seemed slow. There were people napping and many machines weren’t running. The machines that were going, weren’t knitting, they seemed to be undoing the knitting! China is great at recycling, and I guess unused cloth or knitwear is also valuable to recycle. These are two little shops that had their machines operating. I wish I knew some definite info about this, but I don’t. Last October, I posted some pictures of one of the big sweater markets in Dalang: http://www.myownchinesebrocade.com/picture-a-day-1/2016/10/17/dalang-sweater-market
There are 56 Chinese ethnic groups. The Han Chinese make up more than 90% of the Chinese population. The Han people living in our area are called Hakka. While outside, many of the working Hakka women here wear a type of traditional Hakka hat called a “liang mao,” a “cool hat” or “draping hat.” The main hat is woven straw or bamboo, actually like a disc with a hole in the center, and there is a lightweight cloth that hangs down about six inches from the brim. These hats have a 1000 year history! Originally, they were worn to cover a ladies face in public, today, the cloth is shortened in front for vision, but they still shelter the head, face, and neck, from the sun. I have only seen black draping cloths, but I read that they can also be blue or white. Unmarried women may sew colored ribbons around the bottom of the cloth. The crown part of the hat is actually just a hole, but here, usually a floral fabric is sewed in. The sign is used locally to advertise traditional Hakka foods, at this snack shop, it was for a tofu pudding.