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Ovahimba woman

By WimdeVos  
Ovahimba Woman at Opuwo in the Kaokoveld, Photo taken in 1978. Himba Women wear an assortment of necklaces, belts and straps, when dressed up for an important event or ceremony, weigh around 12 kg. Made from leather, iron beads and other decorations and packed with otjize (a mixture of ochre and butter fat), the ondengura is worn on the back of the neck. On the head the wear the leather erembe, the head-dress indicative of a married woman, fixed on top of her elaborate hairstyle of otjize-smeared plaits. Widows mourning for their husbands remove the erembe. In the front, worn between the bare breasts, is a large magnificent single shell, a symbol of fertility.

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