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.
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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Ghana’s leading fashion event Accra Fashion Week is scheduled for 7-11 December 2022 following their 5th-year celebration last year in 2021. Accra Fashion Week is a platform for African designers that can be compared to fashion weeks across the major capitals. It aims to fill the void which sees tremendous creativity and culture across the continent with the absence of an operating fashion infrastructure.
The epic event took place at Ghana Dubai in Accra, and saw models march down the steps from the Kwame Nkrumah Monument whilst being followed by a spotlight, before circulating the central fountains. Memories of the exciting night still give chills as guests revisit the experience on youtube.
However, rest assured that 2022 is going to be even more exciting with greater performances and an upgraded designer collection. FashionGHANA.com is sure to bring you the exclusives we did on www.FashionGHANA.com/TV. All last year’s shows are available to watch on youtube. Designer’s registration is ongoing on the AccraFashionWeek.org website.
As we embark on another year of celebrating African culture, our theme for 2022 is “Afrofuturism.” This term was created to explore the developing intersection of cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of history as it relates to the African Diaspora. During this year’s events, Afrochella will bring “Afrofuturism” to life through fashion, food, art and music. In 2019, the African Diaspora returned home to the continent for the “Year of Return.” This year, we will explore the endless possibilities of what “Afrofuturism” could look like in 2022 and beyond.
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Afro Nation will bring together the best artists in afrobeats, hip hop, r&b, dancehall and bashment. Expect world-class programming of live performances and DJs.
#AfroNation is an all-inclusive music and arts festival meant to celebrate and eulogize African culture across various continents, not just Africa.
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