Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa

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Thames & Hudson, Mar 24, 2009 - Art - 167 pages
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The scene of tribal conflicts and guerrilla incursions, Ethiopia's Omo Valley is also home to fascinating rites and traditions that have survived for thousands of years. The nomadic people who inhabit the valley share a gift for body painting and elaborate adornments borrowed from nature, and Hans Silvester has captured the results in a series of photographs made over the course of numerous trips.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Outrageously beautiful photographs of (mostly) adolescents decorating themselves in the manner of adolescents everywhere- but these tribal kids use what they have to hand, brilliantly. Lovely, lovely photos. Read full review

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This book is a photographic study of the body ornamentation practices of the Surma and Mursi tribes, who live in the remote Omo valley at the border of Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan. They make use of body ... Read full review


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Hans Silvester is a member of the Rapho photographic agency. His most recent reports took him to Rajasthan, where he photographed the people of the Thar desert and the incredible bestiary of Shekhawati wall paintings. His books include "Natural Fashion" and "A Window on Africa". Silvester lives in France.