Tribes living in the mountainous and difficult to access areas of Chin state in Burma. In the past, teenage women were tattooed to protect them from being kidnapped by another tribe.
Headhunter from the Konyak tribe. The male who had brought the head of his opponent to the tribe was given a tattoo on his face. The tattoo called Setadeupu was an indicator of valour and defined social status in the tribe. The photo shows one of the last living men with a tattoo on his face.
For women in the Kalinga tribe, tattoos are evidence of maturity, fertility and beauty, so much so that without them a woman was seen as imperfect and unworthy of marriage. For men, tattoos were a symbol of courage and represented the phases of a Kalinga warrior’s life.
It inhabits mountainous regions in Papua and carries a trace of cannibalism in its history. A characteristic ornament for men was the koteka. Nowadays worn in a handful of villages by the oldest members of the tribe. The tribe is also characterised by the extraordinary art of bodypainting.
A collection inspired by the bodypainting of wandering Sadhu ascetics.
The faces of women from the Chin tribe in Burma are covered with ornamental tattooing. It’s made starting with an X on the forehead.