Nepal

A young Hindu Rye woman displays her wealth in hopes of attracting a husband of similar or better means.

Namche Bazar --the mountain village famous as the gateway for Everest treks-- is home to two main ethnic groups, the Sherpa, who live in the upper valley of Everest, and the Rye who live in the lower valleys. Although they live in harmony, they are culturally and physically distinct. Rye women show their social status with one or two nose rings carved in gold. The richer the family, the bigger the rings.

Namche Bazar, Nepal

Jean-Philippe Soule 1993