Surma and Mursi tribes of East Africa

omo valley Ethiopia.

Surma and Mursi tribes

Yet far from the catwalks of New York, London or Paris, these looks are the sole creation of the 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.

"Over a period of 6 years, renowned photographer Hans Silvester photographed peoples of the Omo Valley. It is a very remote area in Ethiopia. Wild and unspoiled. The Surma and Mursi Tribes take great pleasure in decorating themselves with the glorious pigments available in this volcanic region."

Surma and Mursi tribes of East Africa's Omo Valley.

these looks are the sole creation of the Surma and Mursi tribes of East Africa's Omo Valley

People from the Omo valley by Hans Silvester :: born in 1938 in Lörrach, Germany. He's a famous reporter and also an environmental activist.

from the Omo Valley in east Africa

Photographs taken over the last five years by Hans Silvester, a German photographer, document the extraordinary body painting of the Surma and Mursi peoples of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. Semi-nomadic warriors, they live primarily by keeping large herds of cattle; their only Western accessory seems to be the Kalashnikov rifles they trade with Sudanese tribes.

Kau tribe, body painting.

Omo Tribes of Ethiopia

East Africa Tribal decoration (Hans Silvester)

Africa's beautiful tribe. Omo valley


Omo Valley, Ethiopia. © Hans Silvester

Africa | "Natural Fashion" Tribal Decoration from the Omo Valley, Ethiopia | ©Hans Silvester

people of Omo Valley


portrait by Hans Silvester... natural fashion

Africa | Krobo ceremony, from girlhood to womanhood; beginning with a ritual that severs all ties with their childhood, the initiation start with a three-week period of seclusion, during which they learn the ways of adult women. To celebrate the completion of their training, they adorn themselves for their Outdooring ceremony. | © Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher