Tattooed faces of the women of Burma

In the hilly province of Chin women in Burma was applied to the face tattoos for many generations. For them - a sign of beauty, strength and pride. Earlier this year photographer Brent Lewin (Brent Lewin) made a series of portraits of tattooed women remaining as this tradition is slowly but steadily disappearing from the culture of the province of Chin.

Tattooed faces of the women of Burma

Since ancient times, women are ethnic Chin famous for their beauty, so the representatives of ethnic groups living in the neighborhood often stole them to marry.

Tattooed faces of the women of Burma

To counter this, the elders were ordered to put tattoos on the face of young girls in their villages to make them less attractive.

Tattooed faces of the women of Burma

Gradually, this tradition is entrenched, and for many generations of tattooed women's faces have become a very valued members of ethnic rank, who have seen tattoos in the expression of courage, beauty and strength.

Tattooed faces of the women of Burma

However, in the 50s of last century the practice of tattooing individuals were officially banned. To date, there are very few women, whose faces are decorated with tattoos.

Tattooed faces of the women of Burma

Tattoo nation faces the rank consists of a complex geometrical structure and resemble fine linen weave cloth.

Tattooed faces of the women of Burma

For ordinary people only used blue paint, aristocrats also wore a tattoo of two colors, blue and red.

Tattooed faces of the women of Burma

In some regions continue to face tattooing, in spite of prohibitions, however, the custom goes back in time and tattooed women there are very few.

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