Monday, 14 May 2012

The Himba: Namibia's iconic red women

The Himba women of northern Namibia are famous for their use of <i>otjize</i>, a paste of butter, fat and red ochre, which they apply to their hair and skin.


For years, an ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders known as the Himba has drawn photographers to Namibia's barren northwest.
As a result, the striking image of the Himba -- if not their name -- has become known far beyond the remote, unforgiving Kunene region where they eke out a living tending livestock.
The reason for this is otjize, a paste of butter, fat and red ochre -- sometimes scented with aromatic resin -- that Himba women apply each morning to their skin and hair, giving them a distinctive red hue. The sight of Himba heir traditional has become an iconic image of Africa.
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1 comment:

  1. Where can I buy Red ochre powder?

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