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When two cultures collide: Amazing photos of African tribeswoman making trip to the supermarket
The woman is from the Himba tribe in Opuwo, Namibia, and was pictured picking up essentials by Swedish wildlife and documentary photographer Bjorn Persson

NAMIBIA: African tribeswoman making trip to the supermarket
A female member of the Himba tribe in a supermarket

These incredible images show an African tribeswoman in her striking traditional dress popping into the supermarket for some essentials.
She browsed the isles and checked out the washing powder deals while still wearing her goat skin attire and mud for sunscreen.
The woman, from the Himba tribe in Opuwo, Namibia, was pictured by Swedish wildlife and documentary photographer Bjorn Persson.
Himba tribespeople lead a very traditional lifestyle, with Persson's photos showing the amazing effects of globalisation.

NAMIBIA: African tribeswoman making trip to the supermarket
The woman was seen checking out the washing powders deals

The 44-year-old photographer said: "The lady took me completely by surprise, as I was just doing my grocery shopping in a local supermarket while filming a documentary about the Himba tribe.

"She did not notice me at first, but after a while she realised what I was doing.

"The Himba women always dress like that, no matter if they are at home in their village or visiting the big, modern cities.

NAMIBIA: African tribeswoman making trip to the supermarket
Members of the Himba tribe family portrait

"It's for their own beauty and tradition. They don't just dress up for tourists as some other tribes do.

"The hair and whole body is covered with a certain kind of mud to protect them from the sun, and the clothes are mostly made of goat skin."

Despite the striking contrast the images give, local shoppers did not pay any special attention to the Himba woman.

NAMIBIA: African tribeswoman making trip to the supermarket

For the other villagers, the tribeswomen's appearance at the store is not unusual.

Bjorn said: "They are used to it in that village, and so people did not stare.



"She was just buying flour, sugar and washing powder.

NAMIBIA: African tribeswoman making trip to the supermarket

Goat skin is part of the traditional dress
They use mud to protect them from the sun
"But I felt fascinated, confused, happy and sad all at the same time.
"The photos are a stark representation of the old world and traditions clashing with the new.
"For me, they are provocative and raise many questions."

NAMIBIA: African tribeswoman making trip to the supermarket
Woman from Himba tribe Angola



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