Duka, a married Hamar woman, trades dry grass at a weekly Hamar market in the remote Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region of southern Ethiopia. Adorned with cowrie-shell collar, copper and brass bracelets, beaded goatskin clothing and iron marital torques. Upper torque with phallic protrusion is wrapped in leather, signifing first-wife status. The torques are worn for life.
A graceful gait, an elegant long-limbed stance or simply this candid pose under the photographer's gaze exudes poise and dignity even in the midst of this weekly market bustle.
Hamar Aesthetics Series