elaborate wedding dress of a bride from northern Kinnaur.
Silver chains form a veil over her face; a large silver
necklace with elaborate enameled inserts, or chandraseni
har, hangs from her neck; enormous silver Buddhist
charm boxes, or shuntungma are suspended
on a waist cord because of their weight; and a cape covered
with applique is draped around her shoulders. The most important
item of her regalia is the triangular perak
headdress, a stiff felt frame covered with chunks of turquiose
and silver medallions. The perak of this
region differs considerably in style from those worn by
women in southern Kinnaur, Spiti, and Ladakh, neighbors
to the southeast and to the north. In these Buddhist regions,
peraks are heirlooms passed down to the
eldest daughter when she marries.
North Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh