In the isolated and fertile volcanic valley of the Omo region of Ethiopia, the soil provides the people with an array of pigments for body decoration: red ochre, white kaolin, copper green, and yellow or light gray ash. Photos by Hans Sylvester
This youngster sports a floral headdress and a brightly painted face. Photos of lower Omo Valley people taken by Hans Silvester from his book: Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa. Published by Thames and Hudson
This little boy is from a tribe in Ethiopia who's lands and life style are hidden away from civilization but becoming a tourist destination. It's part of their culture to paint themselves differently each day.