Village Women of Southern Shan
September 2016. Doing work in the Southern Shan State of Myanmar, I had the opportunity to enjoy sights of the gentle and colorfully clad village women from highland tribes. I had no way to talk to them as they spoke a minority language and I didn’t have the right interpreter with me. But I enjoyed photographing them, mostly from a distance, as they descended from their highland villages to the town center to deliver farm goods and buy supplies.
A mother and her baby wait for a ride in front of a village store.
Although she is wearing a non-traditional t-shirt, she kept her orange headdress which all women in her tribe wear wherever they go.
The orange headgear and black dress indicates the hill tribe where she belongs. She was almost alone that day in the village market where she was selling flowers.
She has delivered her produce to the market and has bought her supplies for home. Now she is waiting for the boat that would take her to her village upstream.