Lalo, a young Hamar woman of marrying age, vogued this spontaneous pose for a brief moment at the weekly market in Turmi, a small frontier town in the remote Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia. A graceful gait, an elegant long-limbed stance or this pose under the photographer's gaze all exude poise and dignity even in the midst of the weekly market bustle.
The traditional dress code includes elegant cowrie-shell collars, glass-beaded necklaces and decorated goatskin clothing. Small western-styled buttons are worn as ear plugs for added adornment. The hairstyle consists of short, tightly twisted strands rubbed in a mixture of fresh cow butterfat, ground red ochre and tree resin from southern Ethiopia’s lower Omo Basin.
Hamar Aesthetics Series
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