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Women posing with a mirror to show off their elaborate hair braiding and flowers.

Composite of 5 photographs, all from the stars.archive. Images made in New Studio in Madurai, Sri Devi Studio in Pattukkottai and Chitra Studio in Villupuram are featured with others from unidentified sources.

“My mother was too young in many of the studio photographs to remember the experience. But she did recall having flowers stitched into her hair before having a photo taken with her cousins. I was particularly intrigued by images in the stars.archive where a mirror was used to also show the back view of the women's hair in the portrait.”