For the Karo (Omo Valley, Ethiopia) the decoration of the face is also intended to emphasize the power of the gaze. Many tribes of the Omo Valley see the body as a canvas on which to paint (Beckwith / Fisher)
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
Photographer Hans Silvester has spent a great deal of time documenting such wildly imaginative adornments and body painting among the nomadic tribes of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, whose traditions have been maintained for thousands of years.