The jewellery of East African pastoral cultures is more than an accessory. It is part of a vital body art, a composition of forms and colours applied to the human body. It reflects the ethnic identity of the society, their pride and their beauty as well as modern concepts of fashion and beauty.

Since 1983 I carried out field research with focus on jewellery culture, its social significance and its artistic quality, among the Toposa in Southern Sudan, the Turkana in Kenya, the Rashaida in Eritrea, et al.

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