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    • Abraão Cavalcante

      SURMA is one of the 10 most impressive tribes. Each young Surma girl will cut her lip and insert a wooden ”plug” in it. Each plug is gradually changed for a bigger one until the lip is stretched enough and a clay (or occasionally wooden) plate can be used. To make the plate fit in well, 2-3 lower front teeth have to be pulled out. Some women can wear lip plates up to 30 cm in diameter!

    • N@LK@H JI

      Ethiopia. A married Surma woman wears a clay lip plate decorated with incised cow-horn designs along its border. A Surma / Suri girl will be beautiful if she has a big lip plate, and if her body is covered of scar

    • Patti

      Respecting Culture: Surma Woman, Ethiopia, Africa. "A married Surma woman wears a clay lip plate decorated with incised cow-horn designs along its border. During her youth, her ears were stretched to accommodate a smaller earplug. Note the delicate shaved designs of her eyebrows..."

    • Meriwether

      Surma Woman, Ethiopia. "A married Surma woman wears a clay lip plate decorated with incised cow-horn designs along its border. During her youth, her ears were stretched to accommodate a smaller earplug. "

    • Afritorial

      Surma Woman, Ethiopia - "A married Surma woman wears a clay lip plate decorated with incised cow-horn designs along its border. During her youth, her ears were stretched to accommodate a smaller earplug. Note the delicate shaved designs of her eyebrows." Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.

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    • Lisa Byers

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