The unique nose plugs and facial tattoos of the Apatani women.
The Apatanis are a very interesting non-nomadic tribe in nature, located in a small picturesque valley called Ziro.
The wired nose plugs are placed into two sides of their nose called “yaping hurlo” and facial tattoos of the Apatani women in order to make them appear unattractive. They practice such unique nose plugs to stop raiders stealing their women from their villages and it has not been carried out since 1970. The Apatanis are primarily into farming and Ziro is home to the tribal group. The Apatanis is one amongst the very few tribes in the world that worship nature.
Legend has it that the Apatani women were so beautiful, they were often carried away by men from other tribes. They began the process of facial modification to appear less appealing.
The Apatani are a tribe living in the Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh, who practised facial tattooing and modification until the 1970s. The women used to have two sets of tattoos: one running from the forehead to the tip of the nose and another set on the chin. The women were also the only ones who practised facial modification with the use of nose plugs. It is unknown where they actually migrated from to this valley.