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Silver ornaments of Dong Ethnic

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Silver ornaments of Dong Ethnic

Silver ornaments are another important aspect of a Dong woman's dress, especially among those in the south. Jewelry styles, though basically the same among the various Dong groups, do bear some distinctions such as the silver "weight" that hangs down the back of a woman's jacket. 

Silver ornaments, worn by many southern Dong women, holds the traditional backless under-apron in place. Several stories relate to the symbolism of wearing this distinct Dong ornament. Some say it is worn in remembrance of their ancestors, who, according to legend, were once held captive in ropes. Others hold the belief that by wearing this silver, they will avoid evil by thwarting malevolent spirits, thus ensuring a long life. Additionally, it is viewed a having both practical value and beauty, as well as a visual record of family wealth; a rich family's daughter would wear a much larger and heavier silver back ornament than a poor family's.

The back silver piece in some areas is formed in a shape known as the "mandarin duck pattern", which is considered an auspicious motif. This design (of two concentric circles oppositely joining) is also embroidered on baby carriers, and collars of women's jackets. In other Dong areas, the women wear heavy octagonal or square back silver pieces. These silver back ornaments are worn everyday, whether working in the fields or staying at home.

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