The images of the Surma and Mursi peoples, two of the fifteen Ethiopian tribes indigenous to the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia.
NATURAL FASHION | Photography By Hans Silvester
The Surma and Mursi tribes of Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia are body painters. They paint their bodies with natural pigments made from the earth. They paint themselves and each other in a tradition that has remained unchanged for millenia. They use their bodies as canvases, painting their skin with pigments made from powdered volcanic rock and adorning themselves with materials obtained from flowers, leaves, grasses, shells and animal horns; original fashion plates . The way the tribal people use natural materials around them to decorate themselves is so utterly unique and breathtaking.
They sometimes paint themselves many times a day.
A garland of flowers, a veil of seed-pods, buffalo horn, a crown of melons, feathers, stems and storks – Mother Nature has provided a fully stocked wardrobe.