Participant Portfolios / Pacific Rainforest

Ziomara Asprilla García

hair braider and stylist, Istmina

Ziomara Asprilla started hair braiding as a hobby. She developed her braiding skills by practicing on herself and others in her town. Now she participates in braiding contests at regional and national levels and has won contests for her elaborate designs.

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Ziomara Asprilla García
Ziomara Asprilla García

Ziomara Asprilla García adds red braids to Leonor Palacios Rentería’s hair as part of the design she envisions.
Photo by Rebecca Weil, Smithsonian Institution