The long neck or known as giraffe neck is very rare. Believe it or not , most people say the long neck was origin from Thailand or specifically some Kayan Village around Chiang Mai , but according to story the long neck people origin is from a small village of Loikaw, in Kayah State. Many of them come to south refuge at north Thailand during country regime in Myanmar. During that time , most of giraffe neck tribe stay in Karen Village which is actually a refugee camp.
During my trip to Myanmar , i didnt have much time to visit Loikaw village because i really want to photograph them. Lucky , there was a family of this tribe near the cultural village in Inyla Lake. They are happy to tell us about their culture and village.
Like other tribe , most of the women in Myanmar is expert in weaving since long time ago. This is one of their source of income because their movement is quite limited because of the heavy ring on their neck. The ring can weigh as low as 5 kg or 11 pound and will be added along they grow up.
According to them , they being told by their grandmother that they putting the ring to protect them from being attack by tiger . But its just a legend , now they wearing it to make their neck longer because of their culture.
HERE IS SOME PICTURE I TAKE DURING THE VISIT .
I hope some day i ll have a chance to visit their original home at Loikaw, in Kayah State.
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