'Their hair was done up in 180 braids…a heavy piece of cloth extended down to their heels…The back pieces varied in design and pattern, each according to the tribe to which the woman belonged. They were heavy-some of them I judged to weight as much as 25-30 lbs.-and were 'anchored' by the girdle or sash which passed around the gown and through a loop on the inner side of the back piece.'; Photographic print caption: Tibetan woman's headdress. To the end of the braids, which reach down to the small of the back, a piece of heavy cloth is attached extending down to the heels. It is liberally studded with silver, coral, amber, turquoise, and gold nuggets.
Source of Descriptive Information
Forman, H. (1936).Through forbidden Tibet: An adventure into the unknown by Harrison Forman. London: Jarrolds. (p.33-34).; Photographic print located in Harrison Forman Collection, box M5, Forman 0870