Kazakstan women also like to hang a bead curtain in front of the forehead, not as a separate head adornment, but a pendant from the hat. This kind of hat is the symbol of the bride. Unmarried women use hard shell round pipe shape small hats sewn by red, green or yellow flannelette. The hat crown is embroidered with gold threads and decorated with an owl feather. Kazakstan people believe that owl feathers signify courage and steadiness, so they like to use them as a kind of decoration. There is another kind of round hat made of silk, satin, cotton cloth and otter or lambskin. It is embroidered with flower patterns on top of hat crown and inlaid with beads, agate and plugholes made of gold and silver where an owl feather is plug in.
Lisu women's adornments are different in different living places. Fo
r example, married Lisu women who live in the Nu river area in Yunnan wear big bronze rings or silver rings that hang down to shoulders, head adornments called "Ele" stringed by tridacna shell pieces, and hang adornments made of beads of different colors and agate in front of the chest. Lisu women in Lijiang area like to wrap cloth head covers decorated with beads and hang necklaces made by beads. Lisu girls in Dehong region wear red, white, or yellow handkerchiefs fully decorated with beads. Silver bells, silver bulbs and beads pendants hang down from the handkerchiefs and the end of pendants are decorated with colorful pompons and tassels. They wear silver neck rings, silver ornamental locks connected by bead strings and several or dozens of necklaces.
There is a beautiful legend about "Ele," the typical adornment to Lisu women. Long long ago, a beautiful girl and a handsome young fellow fell in love. The young man hunted in remote mountains and wild forests all day long. His body was severely hurt by tree twigs because he had no clothes to put on. The young girl felt very sad after seeing this, so she crossed mountains and found some wild linen. She peeled off the fiber from the linen skin, and twisted threads. She spent many days and nights and finally wove threads into cloth. With the cloth, she made clothes and gave them to the young men. With a wish that the girl would look more beautiful, the young man then gave the girl an" ele" that he wove by coral beads. Since then, the "ele" has become a kind of head adornment for the girls and a keepsake between Lisu young men and women.
Jingpo women's silver adornments are very striking. If a young Jingpo woman walks toward us from a distance, the first thing that will attract us is the shining silver adornments in front of the chest. Because they like to wear black round- neck short jackets, silver ornaments look especially dazzling. Besides chest adornments, they also hang several silver necklaces and silver rings. These ornaments not only look shining, but also clang when they walk. Together with the scarlet pailform skirts and scarlet hair hoops usually wore by women, the arrangement of black, white and red color complementing each other creates a striking artistic effect.