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An unprecedented series of images showing the Omo people's imaginative body decoration and embellishments.

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 peoples who inhabit this 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.

In this region of East Africa, the rivers that run through the dry savannas are home to abundant flowers, papyrus, and wild fruit trees, and this luxuriance becomes an invitation to creativity and spectacle. Within hand's reach, a multitude of plants inspire fanciful and ephemeral self-decoration, and the Omo react spontaneously: a leaf, root, seed pod, or flower is quickly transformed into an accessory. As in the West one might don a hat, people create caps from tufts of grass. As one would knot a tie or scarf, they ornament themselves with banana leaves or a stem laden with flowers. These decorations are embellished with butterfly wings, buffalo horns, boar's teeth, colorful feathers, and the like, and are further enhanced by body painting with pigments made from powdered stone, plants, berries, and river mud.

Here is a priceless record of a unique and increasingly fragile way of life, one threatened by conflict, climate change, and tourism. 160 color illustrations.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Hans Silvester"smany books include Peoples of the Omo Valley, Cats in the Sun, and Lavender: Fragrance of Provence. He lives in France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780500288054
Author:
Silvester, Hans
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Travel - World/Africa
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Portraits
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Fashion
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Fashion
Subject:
Ethnology - Omo Riv
Subject:
Omo River Valley(Ethiopia and Kenya)
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
160 color photographs
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
11.3 x 9.8 x 0.6 in 2.28 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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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