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The Miao People

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The Miao People

01/19

The Miao People

Even as the colossal juggernaut of an ever-modernizing China, with its population of 1.4 billion people, moves ever forwards, small and fragile pockets of ancient traditions survive. In the south-west corner of the country, nestled between the green, bamboo-clad hilltops and vast expanses of rice fields, live the Miao people.
Langde Miao | Qiandongnan, Guizhou | China, 2016
Langde Miao | Qiandongnan, Guizhou | China, 2016
Langde Miao | Qiandongnan, Guizhou | China, 2016
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Langde Miao Silverware

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. 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.

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Langde Miao | Qiandongnan, Guizhou | China, 2016
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The Miao People