Photographer's Note

A girl from the Kayan Hill Tribe weaving.
This photo was taken in a little Kayan village, near Chiang Rai. The Kayan people are a subgroup of the Karen tribe and they are known for the neck rings the women wear around their neck. There are several theories concerning this tradition: one is related to the ideal of beauty - they start wearing the rings since childhood and the number of turns increase as they get older, in order to lengthen their neck.
Long neck tribes exist in Burma and in Northern Thailand and one of the reasons why this tradition is still kept is because these women have become a tourist attraction, thus bringing income to the villages.

Here we can see a girl weaving. Weaving is an old tradition in these villages and the handicrafts they make are also very important for the income and survivance of these tribes.

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