The isolated Himba tribe in Namibia uses clear clay to create incredible hairstyles and makeup

A group of tribal women in a remote village mixes a special pasta with butterfat and ocher, so that they can create extraordinary red braids in their hair.

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For generations, the semi-nomadic Himba tribe has made the Otjize paste, a red substance, to cover their braided hair and skin.

Due to the scarcity of water, the native tribe has developed the special substance to clean their skin, protect it from the sun and look good.

Its rich red color is intended to symbolize the earth and blood and is a beauty ideal among the 50,000-strong tribe in western Kaokoland, northern Namibia.

Keeping the extensive dreadlocks in perfect condition is a challenge in itself, in which women spend several hours a day on their hair and complexion.

From puberty, Himba women braided their hair and veneer each with clay and red ocher made from ferruginous dirt, and they used the same mixture in their body paint.

Photographer Franco Cappellari took the beautiful pictures of the tribe during a visit to the African country.

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The 61-year-old from Venafro, near Naples, Italy, said: & The Himba are very hospitable and friendly people.

& # 39; I spent a day in their village under the guidance of a local guide. The women are exceptionally beauty-conscious and spend a lot of time on their appearance.

& # 39; They make the Otjize with butterfat, ocher and herbs and then cover it up.

& # 39; When I was there, they also met ladies from a different tribe, the Herrero women, with whom they share a common language and like to participate in traditional dances. & # 39;

Although a few of the young boys wear T-shirts, there is little westernization within the tribe and they dress in leather.

The Himba tribe is protected against overexposure by strict government-imposed guidelines for visiting their communities.

For generations, the Himba tribe in western Kaokoland, Namibia, has made the Otjize paste, a red-colored substance, to cover their braided hair and skin. The braids of this woman are tied back, indicating that she is ready to marry. But married women also add a headdress made of animal skin to their style (pictured)

The isolated tribe continues to withstand the penetrating tourism industry - despite fascination from travelers around the world
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The isolated tribe continues to withstand the penetrating tourism industry - despite fascination from travelers around the world

For generations, the Himba tribe in western Kaokoland, Namibia, has made the Otjize paste, a red-colored substance (left and right), to cover their braided hair and skin. The isolated tribe continues to withstand the penetrating tourism industry – despite fascination from travelers around the world. Traditionally, women wear simple loin cloths and do not wash themselves, choosing to use aromatic plants and resins. The braids of this woman are tied back, indicating that she is ready to marry. But she is actually married, because they also add a headdress to their appearance, which is made from animal skins

Due to the scarcity of water, the native tribe has developed the special substance to clean their skin and protect them from the sun. One of the women has a member of the tribe apply the pasta to her hair. Himba are nomadic farmers and migrate seasonal influences from a & # 39; home village & # 39; to villages that offer better grazing conditions for their animals

Due to the scarcity of water, the native tribe has developed the special substance to clean their skin and protect them from the sun. One of the women has a member of the tribe apply the pasta to her hair. Himba are nomadic farmers and migrate seasonal influences from a & # 39; home village & # 39; to villages that offer better grazing conditions for their animals

Due to the scarcity of water, the native tribe has developed the special substance to clean their skin and protect them from the sun. One of the women has a member of the tribe apply the pasta to her hair. Himba are nomadic farmers and migrate seasonal influences from a & # 39; home village & # 39; to villages that offer better grazing conditions for their animals

Pre-adolescent girls hold their hair in two simple braids (pictured) called ozondato, the shape is determined by her oruzo or the paternal clan to which she belongs. Himba men have one braid when they are single and bind their hair back when they are married. Girls going through puberty have a haircut designed to cover their faces to help them avoid male attention. Himba children are taken care of by the women and children of the tribe

Pre-adolescent girls hold their hair in two simple braids (pictured) called ozondato, the shape is determined by her oruzo or the paternal clan to which she belongs. Himba men have one braid when they are single and bind their hair back when they are married. Girls going through puberty have a haircut designed to cover their faces to help them avoid male attention. Himba children are taken care of by the women and children of the tribe

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Pre-adolescent girls hold their hair in two simple braids (pictured) called ozondato, the shape is determined by her oruzo or the paternal clan to which she belongs. Himba men have one braid when they are single and bind their hair back when they are married. Girls going through puberty have a haircut designed to cover their faces to help them avoid male attention. Himba children are taken care of by the women and children of the tribe

The men are often away from home for a long time, the Himba being a patriarchal and polygamous tribe. As such, men can have several women, especially if they are rich in cattle. The female roles in the tribe include raising the children (pictured) and milking the cattle at dawn every day, while the men spend their days wearing hats.

The men are often away from home for a long time, the Himba being a patriarchal and polygamous tribe. As such, men can have several women, especially if they are rich in cattle. The female roles in the tribe include raising the children (pictured) and milking the cattle at dawn every day, while the men spend their days wearing hats.

The men are often away from home for a long time, the Himba being a patriarchal and polygamous tribe. As such, men can have several women, especially if they are rich in cattle. The female roles in the tribe include raising the children (pictured) and milking the cattle at dawn every day, while the men spend their days wearing hats.

The rich red color of the fabric is intended to symbolize the earth and blood and is a beauty ideal for the trunk. The traditional Himba people usually live in a remote part of northern Namibia and have a population of up to 50,000. Depicted: women of the tribe clap and participate in a dance led by the woman in yellow. Himba women wear incredibly elaborate styles that change depending on whether or not they are married and how old they are

The rich red color of the fabric is intended to symbolize the earth and blood and is a beauty ideal for the trunk. The traditional Himba people usually live in a remote part of northern Namibia and have a population of up to 50,000. Depicted: women of the tribe clap and participate in a dance led by the woman in yellow. Himba women wear incredibly elaborate styles that change depending on whether or not they are married and how old they are

The rich red color of the fabric is intended to symbolize the earth and blood and is a beauty ideal for the trunk. The traditional Himba people usually live in a remote part of northern Namibia and have a population of up to 50,000. Depicted: women of the tribe clap and participate in a dance led by the woman in yellow. Himba women wear incredibly elaborate styles that change depending on whether or not they are married and how old they are

The tribe believes in a god named & # 39; Mukuru & # 39; with whom they speak by lighting a flame called & # 39; Okuruwo & # 39 ;. Pictured: the paste is stirred in a kettle, ready to be applied to the woman's hair
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The tribe believes in a god named & # 39; Mukuru & # 39; with whom they speak by lighting a flame called & # 39; Okuruwo & # 39 ;. Pictured: the paste is stirred in a kettle, ready to be applied to the woman's hair

The tribe believes in a god named & # 39; Mukuru & # 39; with whom they speak by lighting a flame called & # 39; Okuruwo & # 39 ;. Pictured: the paste is stirred in a kettle, ready to be applied to the woman's hair

Although a few of the young boys wear T-shirts, there is little westernization within the tribe and they dress in leather. From puberty, Himba women braided their hair and each veneered with clay and red ocher made of ferruginous dirt, and they used the same mixture in their body paint (pictured to apply the substance to a woman's hair outside their huts in the northern Namibia, which are made from earth and manure and contain little more than a bed and collection of useful utensils such as kitchen utensils). They also attach goat hair extensions to the bottom of their dreadlocks

Although a few of the young boys wear T-shirts, there is little westernization within the tribe and they dress in leather. From puberty, Himba women braided their hair and each veneered with clay and red ocher made of ferruginous dirt, and they used the same mixture in their body paint (pictured to apply the substance to a woman's hair outside their huts in the northern Namibia, which are made from earth and manure and contain little more than a bed and collection of useful utensils such as kitchen utensils). They also attach goat hair extensions to the bottom of their dreadlocks

Although a few of the young boys wear T-shirts, there is little westernization within the tribe and they dress in leather. From puberty, Himba women braided their hair and veneered each with clay and red ocher made from ferrous soils, and they used the same mixture in their body paint (pictured to apply the substance to a woman's hair outside their huts in the northern Namibia, which are made from earth and manure and contain little more than a bed and collection of useful utensils such as kitchen utensils). They also attach goat hair extensions to the bottom of their dreadlocks

Photographer Franco Cappellari took the beautiful pictures of the tribe during a visit to the African country. The 61-year-old, from Venafro, near Naples, Italy, said: & The Himba (photo) are very hospitable and friendly people. & # 39; But the tribe is protected against overexposure by strict government-imposed guidelines for visiting their communities

Photographer Franco Cappellari took the beautiful pictures of the tribe during a visit to the African country. The 61-year-old, from Venafro, near Naples, Italy, said: & The Himba (photo) are very hospitable and friendly people. & # 39; But the tribe is protected against overexposure by strict government-imposed guidelines for visiting their communities

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Photographer Franco Cappellari took the beautiful pictures of the tribe during a visit to the African country. The 61-year-old, from Venafro, near Naples, Italy, said: & The Himba (photo) are very hospitable and friendly people. & # 39; But the tribe is protected against overexposure by strict government-imposed guidelines for visiting their communities

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