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The Ethiopian tribeswomen who wear colourful accessories | Daily Mail Online (dailymail.co.uk)

The slave repellant: Unique images show 'deformed' Ethiopian tribeswomen who wear colourful accessories and lip plates that evolved to avoid being selected as slaves


Lebanese photographer Omar Reda travelled to meet Ethiopian tribeswomen
There he snapped amazing images of women in three tribes in the Omo Valley
Some of the tribeswomen wear large lip plates which date back to the slave era


With their colourful beaded necklaces, fruit headdresses and large lip plates, these are the Ethiopian tribeswomen known for their unique style.


The amazing images of the women were snapped by Lebanese photographer Omar Reda, who travelled to the Omo Valley to meet with the Hamar, Dassanech and Mursi tribes.


And although their appearance is striking, their traditional dress dates back to the slave era, where women believed fitting lip plates would make them less attractive to slave owners.


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One of the colourful Ethiopian tribeswomen who has a large decorated plate inserted in her lip


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The traditional dress dates back to the slave era, where women believed fitting lip plates would make them less attractive to slave owners


Mr Reda, 32, who now lives in Riyadh explained: 'The Mursi tribe are known for the plate pinched inside their bottom lip.


'This tradition started during the slavery era, girls used to deform themselves in order to be avoided to be selected as slaves.


'They start with small plate and they remove the lower two teeth. It is a sign of beauty, the bigger the plate the more beautiful the girl is.


 


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The amazing images of the women were snapped by Lebanese photographer Omar Reda, who travelled to the Omo Valley to meet with the Hamar, Dassanech and Mursi tribes


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One of the women who has a relatively simple headdress, but wears colourful beads around her neck


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Metallic wrist bands and shells are one the most favourable accessories. The shells are considered the most exotic accessory



The Hamar tribe are known for covering their hair and body with clay, butter and animal fat. Once a girl is married, she is not allowed to take shower for good. And the collar on her neck is the wedding ring. The shells are considered the most exotic accessory.


'Metallic wrist bands and shells are one the most favourable accessories. The people make accessories out of anything like watch metallic wrist bands and bottle caps.'


But despite the tribes living in close proximity, Mr Reda says all three have totally different cultures.


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But despite the tribes living in close proximity, Mr Reda says all three have totally different cultures


He said: 'Each tribe has its own characteristics in terms of lifestyle, language, clothing, and rituals. What is unique about these tribes is the art of decoration they do. It reflects beauty and uniqueness of personality.


'Omo Valley was a special trip because the perception of beauty and life there is totally different. Ethiopia is a majestical country. The landscape there is mind blowing and what is astonishing is the richness of culture.


The variety of religions and tribes gave this country a unique identity which is extremely hard to find it elsewhere. I was honoured to visit them and to be their guest.'
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A map showing the Omo Valley in Ethiopia where the women from the three tribes live


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