Luang Prabang, Laos: Ethnology Museum. Detail of Akha headdress. The old French coin is a reminder of Laos’ colonial past.
The Akha are distributed across Southeast Asia. Dress is a maker of ethnic identity among the various tribes and subgroups. Women’s garments are distinctive to each group with variations on indigo-dyed cotton, embroidery and silver decoration signifying tribal membership, gender and status.

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headdress, silver, decoration, costume, akha hill tribe, coins, southeast asian culture

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  • Tracy66
    Tracy66over 2 years ago

    Very cool

  • Thanks, Tracy.

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