The Langde Miao people are immediately recognizable for their extravagant silver jewellery. As well as being a display of wealth, wearing the silver is said to offer protection against evil spirits. The accessories that girls and women wear include handmade crowns, earrings and horns – the headpiece alone can take several months to make.
The Langde Miao are celebrated for their extravagant cultural ornamentation.
Traditionally, when a daughter is born, her parents start saving to collect the silver ornaments that will decorate her crown on her wedding day. A full set of silver jewellery can weigh up to fifteen kilos. Despite China’s extraordinary advances in the modern age, the authorities have begun to realize the cultural importance and potential value of this heritage.