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Karen

(Karen, also known in central Thailand as Kariang and Yang in the north)

Karen are found in both Myanmar and Thailand.  There are two main groups of Karen in Thailand - the Pwo (known as 'Pg'a Kanyaw Pg'o' and referring to themselves as 'Phlong' or 'Phlong Shu') and the Sgaw (S'kaw referring to themselves as Pg'a Kanyaw Sg'aw' meaning Sgaw people).  The Padaung (see separate gallery, are also a sub-group of the Karen.  The Karen are known for their skills as weavers and are also the only minority group in Thailand who work with elephants - both aspects of their lives illustrated by the photos below.  These photos were all taken in northern Thailand in December 1988, some around Mae Hong Son, others in a village along the Mae Kok river between Tha Thon and Chiang Rai and one in the night market at Chiang Mai.  

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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to Jpeg 37K Karen woman at the mahouts' lodgings near Mae Hong Son 8812j23.jpg

to Jpeg 30K Karen woman cleaning the rice at the elephant mahouts' lodgings near Mae Hong Son 8812j24.jpg

to Jpeg 35K Karen mahout taking a rest on his elephant near Mae Hong Son, northern Thailand 8812j31.jpg
to Jpeg 48K The elephant mahouts' lodgings near Mae Hong Son, northern Thailand 8812j22.jpg to Jpeg 23K Close-up of the elephant mahouts' lodgings near Mae Hong Son, northern Thailand 8812j26.jpg

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to Jpeg 36K  Boats at the shore of a Sgaw Karen village along the Mae Kok river between Tha Thon and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand 8812p04.jpg

to Jpeg 29K  An elephant and his mahout at a Karen village at a Sgaw Karen village along the Mae Kok river between Tha Thon and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand 8812p03.jpg

to Jpeg 42K Working on building timber at a Sgaw Karen village along the Mae Kok river between Tha Thon and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand 8812o31.jpg

to Jpeg 33K Sgaw Karen man weaving a basket at a village along the Mae Kok river between Tha Thon and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand 8812o30.jpg

to Jpeg 28K Young Sgaw Karen girl wearing a traditional woven cotton shift 8812o32.jpg

to Jpeg 33K Sgaw Karen woman standing by her backstrap loom dressed in a traditional hand-woven blouse 8812o37.jpg

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to Jpeg 33K Sgaw Karen woman and child in her backstrap loom 8812p00.jpg

to Jpeg 28K Sgaw Karen woman weaving at her backstrap loom dressed in a traditional hand-woven blouse 8812o36B.jpg

to Jpeg 32K Sgaw Karen woman weaving at her backstrap loom dressed in a traditional hand-woven blouse 8812p01.jpg

to Jpeg 30K Two hand woven sarongs of mainly koh (red) dyed cotton with additional ikat dyed and plain dyed stripes  8812o34.jpg

to Jpeg 36K Hand woven koh (red) dyed handwoven sarongs with ikat dyed stripes hanging with a hand woven blouse and bands 8812p02.jpg

to Jpeg 31K A Sgaw Karen traditional woman's blouse hanging out to dry showing at the bottom the koh dyed (red) cotton embroidery and added Jacob's seeds on the indigo dyed, hand woven base 8812o35B.jpg

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to Jpeg 37K Two Karen girls selling traditional hand-woven clothing in the night market in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand 8812i05.jpg

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