China's 'mermaid descendants' craft garments from fish skin
You Wenfeng, 68, poses with her fishskin clothes at her studio in Tongjiang, Heilongjiang province, China Decemore
You Wenfeng poses with her fishskin clothes at a frozen river in Tongjiang. She was not yet born when her kinsmore
You Wenfeng plays with a fisherman's dog at a frozen river in Tongjiang. A Tungusic people native to Siberia amore
Few in the current generation are interested in learning the craft. Fish-skin clothing is also no longer a regmore
Sensing the end, You started to impart her knowledge to some local Han Chinese women in Tongjiang, a quiet citmore
You Wenfeng's Chinese Han students learn how to make clothes from fish skin at You's studio. The education is more
The sun sets over snow-covered river in Tongjiang. Hezhen hunters rode on canoes made from birch, or "swift homore
Such is their skill on water that legend says the Hezhen descended from mermaids. "When the forests flooded tomore
These days, fish are sourced from the marketplace. And instead of tiger bone and deer tendon, embroidery needlmore
She would de-skin the fish and dry the skin. It is then repeatedly passed through the wooden jaws of a rudimenmore
You Wenfeng poses with her fishskin clothes at a frozen river in Tongjiang. Finding commercial functions for fmore
You Wenfeng poses with her fishskin clothes at a frozen river in Tongjiang. REUTERS/Aly Song
A Hezhen village is seen in Tongjiang. REUTERS/Aly Song
People walk across a snow-covered riverbank in Tongjiang. REUTERS/Aly Song
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