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Ochre dreadlocks from the Hamar Tribe — Africa.com

Ochre dreadlocks from the Hamar Tribe in Ethiopia

With an estimated population of 20,000, the Hamar Tribe is a pastoral community located in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley. The women mostly wear their hair in thin ochre dreadlocks created with water and a binding resin. Girls under the adolescent age style their hair in cornrows and decorate them with beads.


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