The Himba are indigenous peoples with an estimated population of about 50,000 people living in northern Namibia. Himba women are famous for covering themselves with otjize paste, a cosmetic mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment, to cleanse the skin over long periods due to water scarcity and protect themselves from the extremely hot and dry climate of the Kaokoland as well as insect bites. The cosmetic mixture, often perfumed with the aromatic resin of the omuzumba shrub, gives their skin and hair plaits a distinctive orange or red-tinge characteristic, as well as texture and style. I based my sculpture on a stock photo of a young Himba woman (unmarried, by the lack of adornment piece on her head). My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Wet Clay Model