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Mursi Girl from Ethiopia

Mursi people of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia perform their ancient tradition of temporary body decoration on themselves and each other a few times each day.

Crater of the volcano Dallol, Ethiopia, photo by Carsten Peter                                                                                                                                                     More

Ethiopia - Crater of the volcano Dallol, by Carsten Peter

Ethiopia's Omo Valley. Photographer Hans Silvester documents the rituals of the Surma Mursi tribes, who see nature as an accessory.

Photographer Hans Silvester documents the rituals of the Surma & Mursi tribes.

As documented by Hans Silvester "Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa"     In the area bordering Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, personal decoration created with the help of friends (and without mirrors)  MORE at link!

Out of Africa: The incredible tribal fashion show inspired by Mother Nature

Surma and Mursi body art Omo Valley, East Africa Photo by Hans Silvester from the book "Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa"

Surma and Mursi tribes of East Africa's Omo Valley.    Inspired by the wild trees, exotic flowers and lush vegetation of the area bordering Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, these tribal people have created looks that put the most outlandish creations of Western catwalk couturiers to shame.

Out of Africa: The incredible tribal fashion show inspired by Mother Nature

This youngster sports a floral headdress and a brightly painted face. Photos of lower Omo Valley people taken by Hans Silvester from his book: Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa. Published by Thames and Hudson

Far from the runways of Paris and the fashion houses of Milan, there is an alternate fashion world where the creations are absolutely breathtaking.

Documentary Photography, African Tribes, Ethiopia: Hans Silvester's documentation of the Omo Valley's Surma and Mursi tribes and their body adornment via mineral paints and floral headpieces.

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