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Tie-dying in Zhoucheng

Zhoucheng Village is located 30 kilometers north of Dali. It is the biggest natural village of Dali, and also "the Hometown of Tie-dying".
The history of Tie-dying in Zhoucheng can date back to 1,000 years ago, and the working procedures become more and more complicated with increased demand. The complete procedures are divided into four steps, first, draw the colorful and various designs on the pure white cotton cloth; second, tie the cloth with thread - not too tightly not too loosely; third, dye the cloth with the paint made of Banlangen (a kind of Chinese medicine), which is good for skin and health; the last step is to untie the threads and hang out the cloth to dry. In Zhoucheng, all the girls master this technique. It really a joyful thing to watch the beautiful local girls making the tie-dye clothes.
There are many attractions besides tie-dying, such as their special wedding ceremonies, and the special food and Bai-style houses. The hospitable local people will welcome you to their homes for delicious tea and some special food.

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