ORNAMENTS FROM GARBAGE – THE DAASANACH OF THE OROMO VALLEY

French photographer Eric Lafforgue has documented the unique headgear that the Ethiopian Daasanach realize with materials they find in the garbage, such as bottle caps, broken watches, plastic straws, labels, etc.

ph. Eric Lafforgue

These ornaments signal the different social and generational positions of those who wear them, with children “wear[ing] the most basic wigs regardless of their gender, whereas the oldest women wear the most massive ones. Men only wear bottle-caps wigs until they get married. In the later stages of their lives, they’re treated with more modest headpieces.”

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