Akha Child’s Cap
Photo credit: Matthew Hillman
Akha boys and girls wear tight-fitting cloth caps that distinguish them from children of other hill tribes. As a child gets older, the caps become more ornate. When an adolescent girl is engaged to marry, she is entitled to begin wearing the adult woman’s elaborate headdress.
Date: late 20th century
Medium: cotton, cowrie shells, buttons, metal, Job's tear seeds, gibbon fur