THE PU PEO
When I visited the Pu Péo in 2015, it took me a whole day to find this village, which is situated very near to the Chinese border. Once arrived, after only 25 minutes on the spot, the authorities asked me to leave expressly! I was so disappointed but managed to capture the striking image you see here of an 83 years old woman, the oldest person in the village. She was also wearing this same pair of ethnic shoes, which she’d had for over 65 years! She explained that she only wore them on special occasions. This was the first time I’d ever seen ethnic shoes.
The main colors of the Pu Péo’s costumes are red and blue. It is believed that red color represents the woman’s respect for the man and blue symbolizes and honors the woman. They sew these colorful pieces onto their dresses instead of embroidering and weaving it like other groups. I feel really lucky to have captured this shot, given the little time I had.