‘Huayao Yi Woman’ (Thailand)
Her face framed by bright colors, a young woman displays her traditional Huayao costume with obvious pride. “The Huayao Yi are one of the most lavishly dressed people in all of Yunnan (China). A young woman takes a year to finish embroidering her costume,” explains Akha Jim. The Huayao come from the Yi hill tribe, where women wear black and red attire comprised of a sleeveless vest over a long-sleeved blouse, trousers, and a fancy headdress, topped with a row of pompoms. They also wear decorative waistbands, which gives rise to their name, for Huayao means “colorful waist.” Color photograph on Kodak digital photo paper. Features a card paper mat and kapok wood frame with a protective glass pane.