This folk dress is typical of the Samburu people of East Africa which means butterfly. In these tribes girls would receive strands of loose beads from admirers. The ideal amount would support a girls chin. By 15-16 a girl should have collected enough for a marriage proposal. Males were also just as decorative as girls.
Dying life of the tribe: Spectacular pictures by British photographer capture the people who are in danger of disappearing forever
The Mursi are a nomadic tribe of herdsmen living in the lower Omo Valley, situated in Africa’s Great Rift Valley in south-west Ethiopia, not far from the Kenyan border | British photographer Jimmy Nelson
Out of Africa: The incredible tribal fashion show inspired by Mother Nature
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.
Surma Fighter, Ethiopia. Muradit, a fierce and renowned Surma stick fighter, paints his face with white chalk to intimidate his enemies at the Donga stick fights. He will fight to prove his masculinity and to win a wife.