Kayan Long Neck Woman
Exclusive hand-painted painting of a Kayan giraffe woman
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Another immense canvas with a stunning portrait of a special inhabitant of our beautiful earth. This time it is a portrait of a Kayan woman. These women are known for wearing many copper rings around their necks. The application of these rings begins at a young age and increases as they grow older. The portrait is composed of many layers of acrylic paint with a rich array of colours boldly applied against each other. The colours yellow, red, blue, green, brown, white, orange, pink, and black appear in the portrait. The portrait also includes thicker paint and paste textures to give it more reality. This artistic painting has a size of 200 x 150 cm. The canvas is painted through on the sides, so no frame is needed. In conclusion, the painting is signed and varnished with a beautiful high gloss varnish layer.
High quality materials used
Easy to hang: Framing is not necessary
Acrylic varnish protects the beauty of this work
Canvas without frame
The sides of the artwork are also painted
Personally signed by the artist
The painting process
Origin of the Kayan
The inhabitants of Kayan are found in Burma's largest city, Shan. They belong to the Red Karen ethnic minority group. In the late 1980s and early 1980s, they faced problems with Burma's military regime. This led to their flight to Thailand. Within the minority group there are several other groups like Kayan Lahwi, Kayan ka Khouang. Kayan Letha, etc. The best known group is Kayan Lahwi. Known for the tradition of the elongated neck and copper rings.
Mystery behind copper rings worn by the Kayan women
From the age of five, the Kayan women start wearing copper rings. The tradition is most common in Kayan Lahwi or women from Padong. With advancing age, the number of rings increases. Over time, the rings become an integral part of the body and women hardly remove them. They believe that it would be wrong to remove the rings. Only when longer spirals are needed or bruises on the collarbone have to be treated, the neck rings are removed.
Myths behind the Kayans wearing copper rings
There are few myths explaining why the Kayan women wear those rings around the neckline. It is said to have to do with:
Sign of both wealth and beauty,
Armour to prevent tiger bites,
To prevent them from appearing attractive to men from other ethnic groups.
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