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

responded: Aug 30, 2010

Posted by Sabrina

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In Turkey, men selling Simit (a type of bagel with sesame seeds) in the streets carry them on their heads. Some use a small cushion for padding but I once saw a man whose hair had been rubbed away in the spot on which he would carry them.

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