Vintage: Padaung women in London (1935)

Vintage: Padaung women in London (1935)


The Kayan Lahwi people, also known as Padaung, are a minority ethnic group with populations in Burma and Thailand. Padaung women are famous for their distinctive custom of wearing brass coils around their necks.

Women of the Kayan tribes identify themselves by their forms of dress. Women of the Kayan Lahwi tribe are well known for wearing neck rings, brass coils that are placed around the neck, appearing to lengthen it. The women wearing these coils are known as “giraffe women” to tourists.

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Mu Proa with her child. (Image: Boyer/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

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Mo talks to a police officer with her baby. (Image: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images)

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A Padaung woman celebrates her 21st birthday with a cake in Folkestone, England. (Image: A. J. O’Brien/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

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A policeman directs three Padaung women along Elgin Avenue in London. (Image: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

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Doctors examine Padaung woman Mu Proa working for the Bertram Mills Circus in London. (Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Padaung women with a Grenadier guard at Horse Guard’s Parade, London. Image: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

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Three Padaung women play cards. Image: Keystone/Getty Images

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Padaung women wave at Londoners upon their arrival at Victoria Station. Image: IMAGNO/Austrian Archives/Getty Images

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Mu sits up in bed with her baby. Image: Harlingue/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

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Mu Proa with her newborn child. Image: ullstein bild via Getty Images


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