An Orang Ulu woman relaxes with a smoke outside a longhouse.

Traditionally in their mid teens young women would undertake the long and painful process of tattooing thier entire arms and hands, all the way down to their fingertips, with delicate lines and tribal designs.

Sarawak ,Borneo, Malaysia

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  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot NN!! do you have any close ups of their hands?? Interesting tradition! ;-)

  • Many thanks Tatum! I don’t think I have any closeups of the hands, but I have many other images from my wanderings among remote villages in Borneo. You and everyone at Ace Cafe have inspired me to dig through my archives and start posting my people and travel shots! It takes a lot of time as I have thousands of slides filed away but it is such a joy to relive those moments and be surprised again. Did I really do all these things?!!! LOL! Thanks again for your support of my work!

    – naturalnomad

  • patcheah
    patcheahabout 4 years ago

    Wow,she is from my hometown,Kuching,Sarawak,Borneo.Awesome image!

  • Thanks so much for your kind words! Sarawak is such an amazing place with such wonderful people! And I really enjoyed my time there!

    – naturalnomad

  • handheld-films
    handheld-filmsalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful as it is, but i’d be really interested to see a close-up of the hands too

  • Many Thanks! Wish I did have a shot of the hands, but always a challenge to communicate in a different language and culture! I was pleased she allowed this shot! Didn’t to wear out my welcome!

    – naturalnomad

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    March 30, 2011

  • Thanks so much for this honor!

    – naturalnomad

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