Hereros

The Herero people are found predominantly in Namibia. Their hybrid style of dress  is a direct result of brutal German colonization in the early 20th century, combined with more regional influences, such as the cow horn head dresses. London-based artist Jim Naughten documented the Herero’s in this series of amazing portraits:

“Each image, a portrait of Herero tribe members of Namibia, reveals a material culture that harkens the region’s tumultuous past…War broke out between German colonizers and the local tribes in 1904. The Herero tribe was devastated, having lost almost eighty percent of its population. Garments became an important expression of identity during these fragile times. Upon killing a German soldier, a Herero warrior would remove the uniform and adopt it to his personal dress as a symbol of his prowess in battle. Paradoxically, as with the Victorian dresses, the wearing of German uniforms became a tradition that is continued to this day by Namibian men who honour their warrior ancestors during ceremonies, festivals and funerals.”

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