„Maralal, Kenya (Nigel Pavitt)“

from the gallery of John Warburton-Lee Photography

A Samburu woman wearing a mporro necklace, which denotes her married status. These necklaces were once made of hair from giraffe tails but nowadays, the fibres of doum palm fronds (Hyphaene coriacea) are used instead.The beads after which the necklace is named are wound glass beads made in Venice c.1850. They were probably given to, or traded with, the Samburu by late 19th century explorers and hunters.

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