Red Clay African Himba Tribe
Red Clay African Himba TribeHimba tribe of Africa covers their skin and hair with a creamy mixture of fat and red clay called otjize paste
|African Himba covers their skin and hair|
with a creamy mixture of fat and red clay.
The pastoralists Himba tribe live in northwestern Namibia and Angola. Women wear short skirts made of goat skins, sport rich orange-red clay skin and long red clay covered plaits of hair.
Himba women spend hours creating the iconic hairstyles. Himba women, as well as Himba men, are famous for covering themselves with otjize paste, a cream mixture of fat and ochre pigment clay.
Himba women fiercely maintain their traditions, including their intricate hairstyles that change depending on age and whether or not they are married.
|Himba Orange-Red Clay Skin|
The sight of traditional Himba women has become an iconic image of Africa. Himba women believe otjize adds to their traditional beauty enhancing their attractiveness.
The otjize is applied to skin and hair twice a day gives their skin and hair plaits a distinctive orange-red color, as well as texture and a unique traditional style.
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