A long-standing ethnie group, the Lisu mainly live in the Nujiang Lisu Nationality Autonomous Prefecture with a population of 578,000. The Lisus have their own spoken and written languages. They established natural calendar through the combination of phenology, climate and other natural phenomena within each season, living, and production in their long history.
There are white Lisu, black Lisu and colore Lisu in terms of the color of their clothes. The clothing of white and black Lisu is of primitive simplicity. Married women wear big bronze earrings, plastic beads, shells and coral serving as headwear, and agates and seashells or silver coins as the decoration. Women of color Lisu like to. have their clothes trimmed with laces and have heads wrapped with colorful cloth while wearing big bronze or silver earrings. The men have heads wrapped with blue cloth and wear long gowns or short clothing with a sword and an arrow bag hanging on their left and right sides respectively.