Country: Panama   /   Village: San Blas Islands
Ethnic Group: Kuna   /   Feature: Beauty & Clothing


In addition to the mola blouses, women wear leg wrappings made of colorful beads arranged in geometric patterns. All girls are initiated into adulthood with a puberty ceremony and from that day are required to wear the traditional clothing. The tight leg wrappings restrict muscle development in many women leaving them with disproportionately lean calves.

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