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Kara Man with Painted Body Design, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Carol Beckwith

African Ceremonies

African Ceremonies

A Kara man creates his principle body decoration by smearing his skin with a mixture of chalk and water and drawing intricate designs with his wet fingertips to expose the dark skin underneath. When the first layer dries a second application of spots may be applied to enhance the design. These innovative designs are highly decorative and change daily according to mood.

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  • Title: Kara Man with Painted Body Design, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
  • Creator: Angela Fisher & Carol Beckwith
  • Location Created: Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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