Head ring

The practice of carrying heavy objects on the head is widespread. In India, Banjara women use head rings to transport vessels of water from wells to their homes. The ring helps position and balance the pot, while the decorative flap shades the neck from the sun. Vibrant colours, mirrors and shells create a kaleidoscope of pattern.


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Have you ever carried an object on your head or seen someone else do so – why do people carry things this way?

responded: Apr 13, 2010

Posted by Jane Doe

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I have never seen anyone actually carry something on their heads in Canada, other than a hat. In Africa, people carry water baskets on their heads, so it can be practical, and some people wear things on their heads as part of a ceremony.

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