Red coral headdress

Headdresses made from coral, silver, and turquoise are popular among Tibetan women. The ornaments vary according to region, age, and marital status. For example, an elderly unmarried woman usually wears a single braid while married women wear two braids, with different head decorations.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.