"Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration From Africa" -- Photographer Hans Silvester captures Ethiopia's cosmetic aesthetic

By Kate Ward
May 30, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Sephora closed? Take a lesson in creativity from the nomadic people of Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley, captured in photographer Hans Silvester’s colorful new book, Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration From Africa (Thames & Hudson, $45). The tribe uses plants and flowers as accessories and natural ingredients like berry pigments and powdered stone for makeup. And you thought you were good with cosmetics.