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A rare commitment to historical design, artwork in China

Published Mon, Mar 28, 2016 · 09:50 PM

Shaxi, China

THE WOMAN shuffled around her shop in the village square, telling visitors how she came to be selling wooden swords and woven slippers to tourists rather than tending to her fields.

He Yuqing, 60, wore a blue tunic and apron, common among older ethnic Bai women of this verdant valley in the Himalayan foothills. In the plaza outside, afternoon sunlight fell across cobblestones on which horse caravans once trod.

She said that she had been renting the shop from the local government for eight yea…

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