12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Culture and the Arts
Grooming Ritual of the Hamar Women

One woman grooms the hair of another using a paste made of fat and sprinkling on red dust. This is then shaped into small coils using a wooden stylus. This is the style of married women of the tribe as unmarried women will have shaved heads.

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Date Taken: 10.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Kocho, Ethiopia
Camera: E-M5
Copyright: © Joyce bohn