Colorful top coat and sleeves with many intricate embroidery. Usually of bright colors. Most will be wearing coat of black base with red or pink embroidery. A sash of woven material is worn round the waist. Headgear usually of black wrap. Black pants with some embroidery at base.
Older married women usually with heavy silver earrings.
Usually in white blouse with some embroidery at sleeves and/or at front bodice of blouse. Pants is usually of black with a couple of rows of embroidery at base of pants. Headgear looks like a piece of towel being wrapped on the head.
Yao woman's typical character is her long and big ear piercing with heavy silver ear ring. Most of them is very nice lady and say hello to you when passing by. Their hair is so long and tie up with black cloths, but young generation doesn't like this costume. I seldom saw a young Yao woman wear dress like this. It's a pity.
The Yao women are very famous for having incredibly long hair which can measure up to 2.1m in length. Reason for it to be so long is that they only have their hair cut twice throughout their lives - once when they turn 18 and once again when they get married which is when they finally reveal it to the public, which you'll get to see. You'll notice that the younger girls have their hair covered by a black hat.
Rice steamed in bamboo seems to be a local custom here. In fact, I had some for lunch whilst in Ping'an that came with some vegetables and was very sticky and quite difficult to remove from the bamboo and eat. They split the bamboo in half for you. You'll see women cooking bamboo in Ping'an.
What once had cultural significance, now must still retain some, to put up with the annoyance and maintenance, but still relies heavily on the tourist dollar for purpose. If you don't need a photo of their hair, they may also try to guide you, which can be helpful, of course, if you don't know where you're going.
Check out this picture. The roof tiles were laid on the roof without nails or cement. They start from the bottom and work very quickly up to the ridge of the rook. I suppose the weight of the tile will prevent them from flying off the roof.
These particular Zhuang women wanted me to pay them to 'let their hair down' but after seeing the women doing the same in Huanglao, I declined their offer even though they were quite demanding.
The Yao women also wear vibrant clothing, contrasting the earth tones of their more nature-based lives. Hot pink is the order of the day!
During the time of harvest, every inch of space ouside the house is used for drying crops - yellow corn, red chili pepper, green vege. It's very colorful.