Li Minority culture on Hainan Island, an in-depth guide, part 4 jewellery

Li Minority culture, Jewellery: Jewellery plays an important part of costume culture for all ethnic groups in Hainan Island. They are symbols of their enduring culture and also of adulthood and marriage. They also embody aesthetic concepts and religious customs of the group with rich cultural meanings.

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Li Minority carved wood and bone hairpin

Head ornaments are an important component of the costume culture of ethnic minorities in Hainan. The five branches of Li people in Hainan have different styles of ornaments.

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Li Minority double head bone hairpin with fish pattern
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Single head bone hairpin Qing Dynasty Baisha County
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Modern day Li Minority curled aluminium hairpin Wanning city
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Li Minority engraved silver hairpin Lingshui County

Married women would keep their hair tied up in a knot or a bun at the back of their head in a variety of different styles. The buns would then be ornamented with a variety of wooden, silver, bone or copper hairpins or combs. Traditionally, Li men would engrave hair pins as tokens of love to their sweetheart.

Necklaces and brooches

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Qi branch and Sai branch prefer brooches
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Li Minority necklace
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Li Minority silver necklace

The Qi branch and Sai branch traditionally wear brooches, whereas the Ha branch women favour necklaces.

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Li Minority silver rings

Necklaces and brooches are a major component of costume culture of the ethnic minorities in Hainan.  Bracelets, bangles and rings vary in style and decoration according to different branch cultural backgrounds.

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