12 June 2011

Weighing the Ladakhi Perak

The perak is the heavy headdress typically worn by the old aristocracy in the Himalayan Ladakh region of India. It is composed of black lamb skin and a strap of leather studded with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli and turquoise, covering the head like a cobra's hood and tapering to a thin tail reaching down the back. The perak is a symbol among the Ladakhis of the rank and economic status of the woman wearing it. Traditionally, the number of front-to-back rows of turquoise signifies the status of the wearer.

people, portrait, street portrait, Northern India, Ladakh, Ladakhi woman, traditional costume, perak, semi-precious stones, turquoise, Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald
people, portrait, street portrait, Northern India, Ladakh, Ladakhi woman, traditional costume, perak, semi-precious stones, turquoise, Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald
people, portrait, street portrait, Northern India, Ladakh, Ladakhi woman, traditional costume, perak, semi-precious stones, turquoise, Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald
people, portrait, street portrait, Northern India, Ladakh, Ladakhi woman, traditional costume, perak, semi-precious stones, turquoise, Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald


























Street portraits of Ladakhi people in their traditional costumes in Matt Hahnewald's
Flickr Album 2011-06c Chasing Ladakhi Traditions 
Street portraits of Gurung women with smaller turquoise stone crowns in Matt Hahnewald's
Flickr Album 2016-05a Circling the Mighty Annapurnas

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