Esam Hassanyeh, Hamer Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Dobo Wordo and Balo Daina wearing traditional Hamer daily dress.
Both woman are married and are the first wives (Hamer men can have up to 3 wives).
The first wife will wear 3 rings around her neck. The lower 2 rings are plain bands but the top ring has a distinctive protruding shaped cylinder head.
Here both Dobo and Balo wear a 3rd ring made of Dik Dik skin. This is a small antelope type animal that is common in the area. The skin of the Dik Dik is used as a temporary ring until the husband can afford the 3rd metal ring. This is much more expensive than the 2 plain rings as it is more difficult to make.
The woman were from another village but would come daily to our location to visit.