a tone of patient determination
Title: a tone of patient determination // (Himba Girl with plaited front braids, signaling that she is NOT ready for marriage) 36x48x1.5” // Acrlyic + mixed media (texture) on canvas (Original Available Online or DM) c. 2020 #bybmoore ➕➕ According to @byrdiebeauty Braids are not just a style; this craft is a form of art. “Braiding started in Africa with the Himba people of Namibia,” says Alysa Pace of Bomane Salon @bomanesalon . “These people have been braiding their hair for centuries. In many African tribes, braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe. Braid patterns and hairstyles were an indication of a person’s tribe, age, marital status, wealth, power, and religion. Braiding was and is a social art. Because of the amount of time it can take, people often would take the time to socialize. It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. Younger children would start practicing on each other and eventually learn the traditional styles. This tradition of bonding was carried on for generations and quickly made its way across the world. It was around the 1900s when braids became most popular around the world. Almost all women, children, and most men in some way had their hair braided. ➕ At puberty, the girl will wear dreadlock-styled braids that cover her face, letting males know that she isn’t ready to marry. The hair is made up of goat fur, ground ochre, and butter. Some females will add Indian hair to it, which they buy from the marketplace, to their locks as well. But when a young women is ready to marry, those same locks will be braided toward the back of the head, allowing potential suitors to see her face. The Himba people also practice paligomy, which is having multiple partners.
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