Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thailand: Akha Hilltribe

This tribe lives in Northern Thailand's provinces of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.
The Akha are perhaps most famous for their traditional dress. The most decorative of the hill tribe costumes, it is highlighted by colorful embroidered fabrics and headdresses intricately decorated with beads, feathers, shells and silver coins. The Akha have a very unique and rich oral literature tradition, in which they can recite their ancestors back numerous generations. The Akha came to Thailand in the early 20th century, mainly due to their persecution in Burma.

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