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  Zhuang (silver headgear and ornaments)

 

China

On special occasions, the women of the Zhuang minority in southern China wear heavy silver headgear and ornaments (fig.), that all in all can weigh as much as 15 kilos per individual. The practice of wearing silver is a remnant of the past when Zhuang people were self-supporting farmers that traded by means of bartering, without the use of money nor banks. Thus, in order to save they would stash silver, which they could also wear as ornaments.