|Himba women cover their bodies in a paste made from red ochre, sweet smelling herbs, and butterfat. The paste also helps hold together the braids in their hair.
Their hats are made from cow hide. The thick white necklaces are made from seashells.
The rest of the jewelry is made from the recycled metal of bullet casings left over from the civil war in nearby Angola.
We are struck by the symbolism of making something beautiful, like jewelry, from old bullets.
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