The Padaung, or the Long Necks, are a minority group within the Karen tribe-one of the largest hill tribe groups in Southeast Asian. The Padaung themselves are mainly located within the Kayah state of Myanmar and Northern Thailand.
There are only around 7000 Padaung, but these Mongolian descendents, have achieved a lot of attention, due to their custom of lengthening the neck, using continuous brass coils; although they appear to be individual rings. Some coils have been recorded to weigh 22kg. The coils can lengthen the appearance of the neck by as much as 30 cm.
There are many misconceptions about this practice. The coils do not stretch the neck and deform it, as popular belief has promoted. Rather, it is an illusion created by the compression of the collarbone and ribs. In fact, the neck is not altered at all, presenting no danger to the wearer if the coil is removed; which occasionally it is.