VERY RARE piece.
Headdress / Hair extension from the Himalayas.
Most likely from the Aryan Dard people group. Women get together and braid each other's hair and attach these prized ornamental decorations to add volume.
From the 1970s.
Braided and decorated with cowrie shells.
Will look superb framed.
Please look at my article on wovensouls.org that shows more photos of such hair ornaments:í«í_ "Costume & Jewelry Culture of the Dard Aryan People,í«í_Himalayas"
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.