PICS: Enjoy These Immaculate Face-Paint Portraits of Ethiopia’s Surma People By Giovanna Aryafara

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Many will have come to terms with attributes of the Surma people via particulars captured in the fascinating disclosure of culture in the Black Panther Movie. Specifically, the cringing lip stretching tradition as covered below.

‘To Beautify Themselves, They Have Their Teeth Removed & Bottom Lip Stretched’ Read About & See The Suri Tribe Here

However, there is more to lip stretching when it comes to the Suri’s. In fact, the term Suri is the Ethiopian government’s name for collective of tribes which consists of Timaga, Chai, and Suri Baale as expressed in the label “Suri woreda” in southwestern Ethiopia, bordering South Sudan.

The people of Surmas – also known as Suris – live in the valley of the Omo River in southern Ethiopia, 600 km from Addis Ababa, near the border with Sudan.

This tribe excels in body paint and plant ornaments. Men, women, children, use their bodies and hairstyles of flowers and leaves to express with ancestral artistic sensitivity their constant search for beauty.

Giovanna Aryafara Delivers The Face Painted Surmas

Australian artist and photographer Giovanna Aryafara is passionate about this tribe that his predecessor, the German Hans Sylvester, called “The Flower Men”. Giovanna Aryafara is an extraordinary and talented photographer who travels the world in search of subjects sensitive to the people of the world and captures it through a minimalist, design-inspired lens.

Her works offer access to the beauty of our Earth and humanity and she is inspired by her love of sharing the diversity of human experience. Feast your eyes on these amazing images she captured of the face painting work by the Suris. Large edits can also be purchased on her website at giovannaphotography.com


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