Hamar En Vogue I

 

Lalo, a young Hamar woman of marrying age, vogued this spontaneous pose at the weekly market in Turmi, a small frontier town in the remote Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia.

 

Adorned with an elegant cowrie-shell collar, glass-beaded necklaces and small western-styled buttons as ear plugs for added adornment. The hair is twisted into short tight strands and rubbed in a mixture of fresh cow butterfat, ground red ochre and tree resin from southern Ethiopia’s lower Omo Basin.

 

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.

 

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