The Sunflower Girl

The Sunflower Girl
Year Photographed: 1993

Origin: Peru

Native Language: Quechua

This colorfully dressed young lady resides on the banks of the Urubamba River. Girls at fourteen go through an elaborate ceremony. First they fast for three days. Next they're bathed and have their hair combed in a new style by their mothers. Then they are dressed in new, appropriate clothes. Also, it is at this time that they are given a new name. Before she can marry, she will have to undergo a trial marriage under the direct supervision of the mother-in-law.