Jim Naughten

Dressed in the ceremonial, re-appropriated colonial garb from their past, these Nambian men, women and children of the Herero tribe look as if they’ve been painted onto the contrasty backdrop of the world’s largest desert. Positioned to show off their historical costume, photographer Jim Naughten highlights the Herero’s historical and luscious clothing. Rhenish missionaries were the first to introduce the labyrinthine Victorian dress, which the tribe eventually adapted to reflect their African heritage by adding cow horn headdresses. The more modern military uniforms were claimed from dead German soldiers killed during the war of 1904.

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This entry was published on April 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm. It’s filed under Art, Human, Style, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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