Emberá Ella Puru (II)

Posted by Alfredo J. Martiz J. (Panama City, Panama) on 22 December 2009 in People & Portrait.

"Women are usually bare-chested, wearing only a skirt they call paloma (Uhua in Embera). Originally their skirt was made with palm fibers, today dyed cotton fabrics are purchased in Panama were they are usually imported from South-East Asia. Women, like men, used to cover their bodies regularly with the black dyes of jagua, a practice still used for ceremonies. They cover their chests with intricate plastic bead necklaces and ornamental collars made with dozens of coins. Women also like to add a bit of red color on their faces with the natural dye of achiote. Recently lipstick and rouge have replaced achiote."

Reference: The Embera and Waounan Indigenous People of Panama and Colombia

Río Chagres, Panamá. December 20th, 2009

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Nikon D70s
1/40 second
ISO 800
232 mm (35mm equiv.)


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