Wan-li: Year 6, Month 11, Day 5
3 Dec 1578
The Ministry of Rites memorialized: "When the yi persons of the various areas bring tribute and arrive at the capital, this ministry submits a request that silks, fine silks and clothing be conferred upon them. However, the period required for this to be arranged is long and often damaged goods are provided. The yi people thus frequently angrily throw it away and then raise a clamour. At the upper level, this harms the country's prestige and at the lower level, the allegiance of the yi is lost. In future, it should be ordered that the officials in charge of weaving should strictly investigate and examine the manufacturing and not allow the craftsmen to skimp on materials, resulting in unacceptable products, which are then presented jumbled together with others." Not long after, Wang Dao-cheng, a supervising secretary in the Office of Scrutiny for Works, also advised similarly. The Emperor approved the proposals.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 100, page 1725/26