While exploring the back alleys on the hill at the center of Luang Prabang we stumbled upon this little girl. At first we couldn’t figure out what she had on her face until we saw that her mother’s shop seemed to be selling cosmetics. She followed us around and danced with Madeleine for a while. She was just so cute…
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 200
The second ethnic minority in the Longsheng area, after the Zhuang, is the Yao minority. The Yao women have a complex and intricate relationship to their hair. They only cut their hair three times in their lives: when they turn 18, when they are wedded and when they are 36. The keep the braids they cut and integrate then into their daily bun. How much hair is apparent also says something about marital status and the number of children. When we met this Yao grandmother, she agreed to show us how she does her hair, and it was quite fascinating.