Kuwale woman with head-cover - Cristina Jorge
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TITLE: Kuwale woman with head-cover
TECHNIQUE: Ceramic tip on sketchboard
DESCRIPTION: The Kuwale people are livestock keepers that live in the uplands on the fringe of the desert, southwest of Angola.
The Kuwale woman presents a great variety of ornaments made with sheepskin in the head, in their accessory and for this group, hair-style is very important
The coming-of-age festivity, justifies the introdution of the most extraordinary hair-styles, most of which are, themselves, conceived with a great deal of ritual, kept glossy by using butter and a mixture of red powder with oil or grease.
That illustration (ceramic tip on skecthboard) represents a Kuwale woman with a traditional sheepskin head covering.
The skins covering her hair are used only outside the Kimbo and shows a after puberty ritual hair-style, it even shows the tribe to which she belongs.
The strings of beads and shells, also identify that she's single.
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