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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    Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Rajasthan

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    Asia: South Asia, India, Southern India, Karnataka

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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: Jul 7, 2010

Posted by Jose

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In Portugal country women used to carry objects in their heads. In order to do so and balance the objects, they would weave several pieces of old fabric into something they called "rodilha", usually stufed with more pieces of fabric. Some were even decorated with wool thread of different colours. They are very rare now and you can only see them in museums.

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