The Bana tribe of Omo Valley Ethiopia takes everyday hair accessories to a new level. The use of the metal snap clips is primarily to keep the hair in place, but the bright colors and patterns also promote individuality and a bright, happy appearance. The metal clips (which were super popular in the US in the 90s but have faded since then) are imported into the country from China;
“In Key Afer market, once a week, you can see thousands coming with their best clothes. They can now find some stuff from all around the world, mainly from China, cheap, and start to mix and recycle everything!”
The trend is so popular it crosses gender lines. Plenty of men in the Bana tribe use the metal snap clips for accessorizing.
Are you familiar with the Bana tribe? Are there any other tribal trends you’ve heard of?