The Longhorn Miao are known for their impressive headpieces which are made by wrapping woollen strands around a large horn-shaped wooden comb. The headpieces were originally made from the hair of ancestors, in order to keep them close, and they would be preserved for up to four generations.
Even in ever-modernizing China, small pockets of ancient traditions survive
Nowadays most headpieces are made of wool, but some of the originals have been preserved. The shape of the headpieces is derived from the oxen and water buffalo that play such an important part in Miao agricultural life.