Dong women tailor the cloth in particular ways. Crafting a Dong girl's skirt, with its accordion pleats, is especially time consuming. From the weaving of the cloth to completing the dress requires almost six months and dozens of procedures. Today, due to the complicated and arduous process, Dong girls are not so inclined to make their own clothes. Many girls have completely dropped the practice, and wear casual clothes purchased downtown.
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