“Miaosha” – Part of my new series exploring female cross-ethnic hybridisations. This piece depicts the eye-grabbing headdress of the Long-horn Miao of Southwest China merged with the feminine allure of the Japanese Geisha.
The Long-horn Miao women wrap lots of artificial “hair” (long black threads of yarn) around the horn-shaped piece of wood making an extremely huge wig and finish with decorating it with long strips of fabric. Their unusual name comes from this custom of adding a horn to their hair.
Geisha, geiko or geigi are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation.