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In the summer, while I was staying in India I saw many people carry objects on their head. The only people using these head rings were women during daily chores such as carrying groceries, or large copper or clay pots of water. However, they did not use head rings that were anywhere near as embellished as the one depicted. Rings were very simplistic and made of tightly wrapped cotton fabric, which is more economic, more appropriate for a hot climate, and for sweat absorbency. Most commonly, female laborers at construction sites used their head rings to carry heavy materials, mainly piles of brick to the building site to the male construction workers (as demonstrated in the attached image). The use of the head ring is used as it helps to balance the weight on the head, and creates a more sturdy way of carrying such large loads. Items are placed on the head as it can withstand large amounts of weight with minimal impact and less stress induced to the user’s joints. This leads to more endurance and a more efficient way of carrying heavy loads rather by using your arms or your back. Maneuvering vertical weight actually transfers the exertion to the thighs; one of the largest and strongest muscles that can better accept the load.