This look’s inspiration comes from the Kara, a tribe indigenous to Ethiopia on the Horn of Africa. The Kara are known for painting their faces and entire bodies with elaborate designs using water mixed with chalk, charcoal, powered yellow rock, and iron ore. It is said to make them both more attractive and at the same time ward off rivals.
They paint their bodies daily, with beauty being a core part of their society and culture. The designs range from simple fine dots, stars or lines, to animal motifs such as the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl. Both sexes practice these symbolic, ornamental, and artistic expressions to appear more beautiful during courtship.
Unfortunately, information about them is minimal due to the dwindling size of the tribe. It is estimated there are between 1,000 – 2,000 of the Kara left. A deadly scourge of sleeping sickness is reported to have reduced their population at the end of the nineteenth century.