"Herero women" Top 5 Page for this destination People: Himba, Herero, Townships Tip by toonsarah

  Herero woman (taken by Chris)
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  • Herero woman (taken by Chris) - Namibia
      Herero woman (taken by Chris)
    by toonsarah
  • Herero woman (taken by Chris) - Namibia
      Herero woman (taken by Chris)
    by toonsarah
 

If you?re travelling anywhere in the north/central part of Namibia, e.g. near the town of Okahandja, you?re bound to see groups of Herero women selling crafts at the side of the road. The most popular item is a doll dressed in the traditional Herero costume. If like us you don?t want to buy, it?s still worth stopping and asking if you can take some photos ? most won?t mind but it?s courteous to offer them a small tip if you?re not also buying their goods, of course.

The Herero are cattle farmers who measure their wealth in cattle, and the importance of cattle to them is even evident in the women?s dresses. The traditional dress is derived from a Victorian woman's dress, and consists of an enormous crinoline worn over a several petticoats, and a horn shaped hat made from rolled cloth, which is said to represent the horns of a cow.

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  • Written Dec 23, 2006
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