Saturday, September 10, 2011

African Beauty Trends - The Himba people

The Himba are a fascinating study. They are an ethnic group of about 20,000 to 50,000 people living in northern Namibia (31st largest country in the world), in the Kunene region. They are mostly a nomadic, pastoral people.

The homes of the Himba are simple, cone-shaped structures of saplings, bound together with palm leaves and plastered with mud and dung.

Still dressing according to ancient tradition, the characteristic ‘look’ of the Himba comes from intricate hairstyles, traditional clothing, the use of personal adornments in the form of jewelry, as well as the use of a mixture of red ochre, butter and resin from the Omuzumba shrub. This paste is known as ‘otjize’ used as protection against the weather and a skin lotion. It is rubbed on the skin, into hair and onto traditional clothing.

Recently they have built two villages in Kamanjab which have become tourist destinations. 

 Here are a few videos showing daily life of the Himba

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