The Karen Tribe is by far the largest of all Hill Tribes in Thailand, representing about 300,000 people.
Mainly concentrated in the North of Thailand, near the Burmese border, they are divided into many sub-groups like the Kayan Lahwi (also known as the long-necks), the Red Karen, the Black Karen and the White Karen like this woman.
They often live in bamboo houses on stilts in the Mae Hong Song area or near Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the mountains. Many have turned to tourism to sustain while some remain skilled farmers.
This woman from the White Karen tribe was weaving a long piece of cloth used as a shawl for tourists. Each piece would take her a few days to a few weeks to finish depending on the pattern.
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