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::Solid wooden chair carved from one piece of wood . Ethiopia , early 20th century. via Esther Fitzgerald Rare Textiles

::Solid wooden chair carved from one piece of wood . Ethiopia , early 20th century. via Esther Fitzgerald Rare Textiles

Yet far from the catwalks of New York, London or Paris, these looks are the sole creation of the Surma and Mursi tribes of East Africa's Omo Valley.    Inspired by the wild trees, exotic flowers and lush vegetation of the area bordering Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, these tribal people have created looks that put the most outlandish creations of Western catwalk couturiers to shame.

Yet far from the catwalks of New York, London or Paris, these looks are the sole creation of the Surma and Mursi tribes of East Africa's Omo Valley. Inspired by the wild trees, exotic flowers and lush vegetation of the area bordering Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, these tribal people have created looks that put the most outlandish creations of Western catwalk couturiers to shame.

Africa | Chair from the Chokwe people of Angola | Wood; carved with male figure at the top wearing the traditional dignitary's 'Mutwe wa Kayanda' hairstyle

Africa | Chair from the Chokwe people of Angola | Wood; carved with male figure at the top wearing the traditional dignitary's 'Mutwe wa Kayanda' hairstyle

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