In the isolated and fertile volcanic valley of the Omo region of Ethiopia, the soil provides the people with an array of pigments for body decoration: red ochre, white kaolin, copper green, and yellow or light gray ash. Photos by Hans Sylvester
Cultures photography The Mursi Many anthropologists consider the Lower Omo Valley, in Ethiopia, to be the cradle of Mankind. Several ethnic groups currently inhabit the region, living in surroundings that seem nearly unchanged from the Bronze Age.
To experience meeting the Surma tribesmen, Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Deep in the bush, Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley is a lost world. The Surma have elevated the custom of body painting to an amazing art form.
The Hamars are a people of East Africa living in southwestern Ethiopia in a fertile area of the Omo Valley. The traditional dress code for unmarried Hamar girls includes cowrie-shell collars, glass-beaded necklaces, and decorated goatskin.
An Ethiopian woman painted her doorway purple and wears a purple hijab to celebrate Purple Hijab Day in Harar, Ethiopia. Muslim and non-Muslims around the globe observe the second Saturday in February as a time for prayer and hosting activities/workshops