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Ethnic minorities - The people of Guizhou - 4

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: Helen : (ATM Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 20 April 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Once the horns are in place the women assist each other to wind on enormous wads of hair that form wigs that are supported by the horns. The wigs are secured by strapping them decoratively with white cotton. The wigs are composed of finely braided hair from their female ancestors. These threads are supplemented by braids of black cotton. The more hair there is in the wig, the richer and more significant the wig becomes.
In the background of this photo you can see another woman combing the length of the wig hair out with her fingers.

Canon EOS 40D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 400 18 mm

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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

amazing, it must weigh 4 kilos!

20 Apr 2012 7:09am