A Hlai House in Tongzha - Utensils
Basketware and Pottery
If you look at the interior shots of the house, you can see various utensils, traditional and modern. Here are a few shots of some of the more beautiful specimens of woven baskets and pottery.
While I was told the use of these utensils at the time, I now have no recollection whatsoever what most of them were used for.
|The two shots below are rather blurry views of very attractive objects.|
Hlai pottery is relatively thin and has a peculiarly metallic feel and sound. The utensils below were found in the kitchen.
Hlai pottery is not well known, but it should be. From what I understand, it preserves the oldest pottery-making techniques in existence, dating back thousands of years. One day these pots may be worth a lot of money!
|The dirty old hat was actually put on top of the pot to protect it.|
That is the end of our tour of the Hlai houses outside Tongzha. While it is far from satisfactory in terms of informational content, I hope it may at least inspire more people to take an interest in the traditional culture of this ethnic group in Hainan.