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These are from a book by photographer, Hans Silvester: Natural Fashion, Tribal Decoration from Africa. Published by Thames Hudson. They are from the Surma and Musi tribes of the Omo Valley in East Africa.

Tribu Mursi en el valle del río Omo entre Etiopía, Kenia y Sudán

Hans Silvester (Ethiopia: Peoples of the Omo Valley) celebrates the unique art of the Surma and Mursi tribes of the Omo Valley, on the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan

Vallée de l'Omo - Ethiopie - Peintures corporelles. Omo valley. Ethiopia, body paintings.

Photographer Hans Silvester has spent a great deal of time documenting such wildly imaginative adornments and body painting among the nomadic tribes of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, whose traditions have been maintained for thousands of years.


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Hans Silvester.

by Hans Silvester ~ his photographs reveal the use of bright mineral paints to embellish the skin and the use of flora and fauna to fashion spectacular headpieces and body accessories of the Surma and Mursi people of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia


Tenga : West Africa - Goddess of the earth. The Mossi people believe that Tenga is responsible for the fertility of the land .