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The Chic Headwear of the Tu Ethnic Minority

The Tu ethnic minority, mainly distributed in the east of Qinghai Province and some parts of Gansu Province of China, is a minority with a long historic standing. At first, they were engaged in animal husbandry, and later began to develop agriculture. Farming on mountainous farmland has become a typical character of the economy of the Tu ethnic minority.

Chic and Artistic Headwear

The Tu women lay stress on headwear, and the fashion varies a lot from place to place. Their traditional styles include the so-called "Tuhunniuda" (a round-cake-shaped one), commonly called "Ganliangtou" (hairstyle of cake), the "Narenjiudai", also called "three-branched hair" and the "Jiasiniuda", etc.

Now, such traditional headwear has been replaced by a simple fashion: girls usually plait their hair into three pigtails; married women, two pigtails, connected at the end and accompanied by some corals, tophi, etc. Then, brocade felt hat is put on it, looking very smart.