The Akha are an ethnic group who live in small villages at higher elevations in the mountains of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Yunnan Province in China. Their number is more than 500,000 people.
Women wear broad leggings, a short black skirt with a white beaded sporran, a loose fitting black jacket with heavily embroidered cuffs and lapels. Akha women are known for their embroidery skills.
The headdresses worn by the women are the most spectacular and elaborate items of Akha dress. Akha women define their age or marital status with the style of headdress worn. At roughly age 12, the Akha female exchanges her child’s cap for that of a girl. A few years later she will begin to don the jejaw, the beaded sash that hangs down the front of her skirt and keeps it from flying up in the breeze. During mid-adolescence she will start wearing the adult woman’s headdress. Headdresses are decorated by their owner and each is unique. Silver coins, monkey fur, and dyed chicken feathers are just a few of the things that might decorate the headdress. The headdresses differ by subgroup.
Traditional headdresses of Akha inspired Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino fw 2019/2020 Haute Couture collection.
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