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Published February 15, 2014, 10:49 PM

Away from Home: Xi’an, China

The “White Ramie Cloth Costume Dance” was a popular folk dance during the Tang Dynasty over a thousand years ago.

What: White Ramie Cloth Costume Dance, Xi’an, China

When: Sept. 25, 2013

Distance from Fargo: 6,622 miles

Comments: The “White Ramie Cloth Costume Dance” was a popular folk dance during the Tang Dynasty over a thousand years ago.

Made from a flowering plant (Boehmeria nivea), native to eastern Asia, Ramie is one of the strongest natural fibers and has been around for so long that it was even used in mummy cloths in Egypt during the period 5000–3300 BC.

Dennis Tallman, West Fargo

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