As a daily necessity carried by both Wa men and women, jianpa is also a keepsake of friendship and love. The term of jianpa is derived form Thai language which means a hanging bag. This sort of bag is popular among almost all the ethnic groups in this part of China like Thai, Yi, Hani, Jinpo, Wa and Lishu etc.
If a young man receives a jianpa from a girl who make great efforts to make the hanging bag, he indeed obtains an expression of love from this girl. If he wishes to take this love, he should make a nice jianpa himself and give it back as an acceptance of her love. Afterwards these two persons may get married and lead a happy life together.Jianpa is actually a sort of brocade firstly made by the Thai people.
In the past it was made out of such fabric as cotton or hemp cloth, today more materials are utilized like silk, wool or artificial fibers etc. On the front of the exquisite jianpa there usually prints a picture of a lively animal such as a butterfly, peacock, deer, elephant or a picture of pretty flowers, a camellia flower for instance. The ornaments and design of the hanging bag are closely related to the everyday life of these ethnic people and therefore jianpa has become increasingly well-known and popular among visitors from other parts of the world.
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