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Influenced by the neighboring Dai and Han people, men in Achang ethnic minority tend to wear blue, white or black jackets which button down the front, and black trousers. The unmarried like to wear white coif, yet the married people like to wear deep blue coif. Young adults prefer to wear 40 to 50 cm long headcloth behind their heads pinned with one or two flowers. A man going out with an Achang knife is handsome and powerful.
Married women generally wear skirts and jackets with tight sleeves and pailform skirts that reach the knees. They decorate the elbow of jackets with inlaid strip of white cloth and wrap their heads with black or blue cloth. Bachelorettes wear trousers and coil their pigtails with 3-cm-wide cloth on top of their heads. Achang women like to insert flowers on their headcloth, and generally wear three to four silver chaplets and a long silver chain around their necks, and wind a silver chain around their waists, with silver adornments on their heads, around their wrists and on their ears.


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