Ethiopians are using our Trash as Jewellery and it’s Beautiful!

French photographer Eric Lafforgue travels the globe capturing and documenting the lives of indigenous peoples for such magazines as Lonely Planet and National Geographic.

In areas that many would consider off-limits to travel, such as Somalia and North Korea, he documents his subjects with a friendly intimacy that challenges our preconceptions about their culture and their lives.

Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia

One such journey took him to the Omo Valley in the deepest territories of southern Ethiopia to meet the Daasanach tribe – a group of about 50,000 people living a semi-nomadic lifestyle.

In the nearby town of Omorate, workers are busy building a bridge across the Omo river, and where there are workers, there are bars, and where there are bars there are bottles and caps. The Daasanach have taken to re-purposing the caps and other assorted trash into elaborate headwear and jewellery.

The more caps they have, the more confident they feel.

Along with their traditional beaded necklaces, the cap wigs have become a fashionable accessory, with some adding broken watchbands and feathers, and even fashion old drink cans into adornments for their hair.

You can see more of Eric’s amazing work on his Flickr page, or his website.

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