Toraja girls


These lovely girls come from Indonesia and are part of the Toraja ethnic group.  They adorn themselves with vibrant earth-toned beadwork that represents important animals, plants etc

They utilize a vertical netting style with fringe most likely beaded by finger. There are no written patterns for the designs they create, it's passed down from generation to generation.

As I've found more and more pictures from this culture my gaze has become tranfixed on the ornate crowns they create from cloth, bead and metal. So fine.

Photos by professional photographer Keith Mellnick