The principal adornment of these girls from the Bundu tribe in Sierra Leone
is the adornment of bodies and faces with markings produced by the smearing on by the fingers of a substance called "wojeh," composed of white clay and animal fat.
An adornment is generally an accessory or ornament worn to enhance the beauty or status of the wearer. They are often worn to embellish, enhance, or distinguish the wearer, and to define cultural, social, or religious status within a specific community. When worn to show economic status, the items are often either rare or prohibitively expensive to others. Adornments are usually colourful, and worn to attract attention.
They have a long history, around the world, from feathers or bone, to modern accessories, such as jewellery. Items of adornment are also used by warriors, and by other members of the military to show rank or achievement.
Items of adornment
These include cosmetics, jewellery, clothing accessories, facial hair, fingernail modification, piercing, lip plates, tattooing, braiding, and head gear.
Cultures, subcultures, and institutions
Groups who practice adornment include the Yakuza, military, religious institutions, tribal groups, and the punk culture.
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