The Ethiopian tribeswomen who wear colourful accessories

  • Lebanese photographer Omar Reda travelled to meet Ethiopian tribeswomen 
  • There he snapped amazing images of women in three tribes in the Omo Valley
  • Some of the tribeswomen wear large lip plates which date back to the slave era  

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With their colourful beaded necklaces, fruit headdresses and large lip plates, these are the Ethiopian tribeswomen known for their unique style.

The amazing images of the women were snapped by Lebanese photographer Omar Reda, who travelled to the Omo Valley to meet with the Hamar, Dassanech and Mursi tribes.

And although their appearance is striking, their traditional dress dates back to the slave era, where women believed fitting lip plates would make them less attractive to slave owners. 

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One of the colourful Ethiopian tribeswomen who has a large decorated plate inserted in her lip

One of the colourful Ethiopian tribeswomen who has a large decorated plate inserted in her lip

The traditional dress dates back to the slave era, where women believed fitting lip plates would make them less attractive to slave owners

The traditional dress dates back to the slave era, where women believed fitting lip plates would make them less attractive to slave owners

Mr Reda, 32, who now lives in Riyadh explained: ‘The Mursi tribe are known for the plate pinched inside their bottom lip.

‘This tradition started during the slavery era, girls used to deform themselves in order to be avoided to be selected as slaves.

‘They start with small plate and they remove the lower two teeth. It is a sign of beauty, the

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