For the Kayaw people of the remote village of Htay Kho - and millions from other ethnic groups that pepper Myanmar’s fringes - the November 8 general election is about more than just a fragile peace process.
Tucked away between the valleys of this ragged strip of eastern Myanmar, Htay Kho was off limits for decades as armed rebels fought the military before a recent ceasefire stopped the bloody conflict.
But the women, and headman Tawnyo, want to protect the tradition and turn the village into a tourist attraction and cultural heritage site.
In the hut of one woman named Borlinan, family members huddle by a fire to sing and play on traditional instruments.
"How can they even dream of banning our dress," said Borlinan. "Even when we die, we get buried with the coils. They stay with us forever."