Original winnowing pan paintings by Chinese Bouyei ethnic group

| September 11th, 2010


Usually winnowing pans are used to separate grains, corns off their chafes or to hold dried vegetable, dried fish and the like for airing purpose. But in a rural small village called Du Zai (渡寨) in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, people add a little artistic touch to this plain bamboo tool. To them, winnowing pans are best framed canvas on which they translate their love and passion for life into vibrant arts.

VLUU L310W L313 M310W / Samsung L310W L313 M310W

With only 82 households, approximately 300 residences, the village is named Chinese Bouyei Historical Culture Village in recognition of their efforts in protecting and flourishing their unique Bouyei ethnic culture.


“Villagers are inspired by Bouyei ethnic customs, myths, working life and enthusiasm for new life. None of those folk artists have officially received any systematic art education or training. They paint at hunch with their own experiences and understanding of country life.” says Guiyang City’s government website.

“The little winnowing pans holds history, things in the universe: animals, ghosts and gods with their exaggerated  mouths and noses in the forms of giant trees or ocean, their eyes as the sun, the moon, birds or even fish.”

Du Zai folk artists are fond of  bright palate, they favorite red, yellow, blue, green and black in their winnowing pan paintings to build up the strong visual effect and convey their passion.

Take a glance at Du Zai’s wonderful winnowing pan paintings. Photos courtesy of Lin Qiuping.


2734_200810031607291suyz  2734_2008100316074411MDY 2734_2008100316075316lLO  2734_200810031606331SNNB 485567m 485568m 485569m 485482m  485515m  485614m  485516m   485612m

4 Comments | Leave a comment | Comment feed

  1. shenmeniao says:

    a real 文明城市!
    Du Zai = good China!

  2. Dave says:

    they should trademark and sell them.

  3. AlleyCat says:

    “Winnowing the chaff” is a common expression in english. Figuratively, it means seperating the good from the bad, to free of unwanted or inferior elements, or to make a clear distinction between winners and losers. Hence the art of winnowing is a basic skill to enhance quality in all aspects of life.

  4. vonskippy says:

    They should test them for lead.

Leave a Comment

Prove you are human! * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Kepard - Premium VPN Service

Latest Posts

6 Reasons to Visit China

marieb | October 3rd, 2019

Chinese Poker: a beginner’s guide

Arina Folk | December 5th, 2018

Recent Comments

Great content! I really appreciate you for sharing this. Keep posting for more. Cheers!» more

Nice post. I learn something very complicated on various blogs everyday. It will always be stimulating you just read content…» more

This is an amazing game. drywall company sacramento ca» more

This is my first time hearing about china. foundation repair near me» more

Why they are doing this? drywall near me» more

Subscribe by email

Enter your email address: