Yao Lanten headdress
Yao Lanten headdress

Yao Lanten Headdress

20th century


This Yao Lantien headdress is called a "celestial crown"

When a lantien girl reaches puberty and undergoes her initiation rites, she is entitled to make and wear a celestial crown. The girl spends over two days to assemble the crown. Most Yao Lantien women wear this crown daily, generally covered by a small indigo cotton kerchief. Rolls of false hair made by synthetic fibers are used to add volume to the complete headdress. 

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Antwerp Belgium