Stylish and Powerful
We routinely bound ourselves with the most trivial differences, from the color of our skin, to what we wear, how we speak and who we love.
On a day trip out of Loikaw, we met a Kayan farming family. The 73-year-old twiggy matriarch was chicly dressed in a traditional top with a long shawl wrapped around her waist. She was decked out in shiny brass neck rings, bracelets, anklets and several rings, the traditional markings of her tribe dating back to the bronze age when her clan emigrated from Mongolia. She interrupted the family’s work to receive us and after a gracious visit refilled the basket of seeds, flung it on her shoulder and went back to work carrying at least 20 pounds of seed with ease. A 73-year-old woman, hauling a quarter of her total body weight. That’s difference worth celebrating.