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Garbage-Sourced Jewelry

This Tribe Has Created Beautiful Headpieces Using Waste

— October 6, 2015 — Art & Design
This Ethiopian tribe has come up with an ingenious way of using trash through its collection of garbage-sourced jewelry. This tribe is able to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces using bottle caps, scrap metal pieces, broken watches and bits of silver. Members of the tribe are then able to form unique pieces of jewelry and headpieces that they proudly adorn.

The garbage-sourced jewelry also has the function of creating generational distinctions among the Daasanach tribe. Children are given the most basic wigs which are made to be gender-neutral. Women are able to wear the largest and most elaborate of the headpieces, and men only wear bottle cap headpieces until they are married.

French photographer Eric Lafforgue has spent many years capturing this tribe's traditions and customs and has provided us with wonderful pictures of the Daasanach tribe's handmade creations.
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