Hamar Portrait Ethiopia

Image Source: National Geographic

The Hamar people, a tribe inhabiting southwestern Ethiopia, are recognized for their traditional leaping ceremony (bull-jumping) and are considered to be “masters” of body decoration. Men and women take pride in not only scarification, a tribal ritual that involves creating scars which represent courage and loyalty, but dress and accessories.

The traditional dress code for unmarried Hamar women includes elegant cowrie-shell collars, seeded or glass-beaded necklaces, and decorated goatskin clothing. The attire also represents women’s parentage and dowry to potential suitors.

Gabrielle Kwarteng
A born and bred New Yorker, Gabrielle Kwarteng is the Social Media Manager for PBH Network. She loves to take street portraits with her Nikon FA and DJ for anyone who'll listen.
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