Indigenous Cubean Lady
Photo and caption by Piers Calvert
An indigenous Cubean woman, in the Colombian Amazonic province of Vaupes, checks herself in a shard of mirror after finishing painting herself. Typically the Cubeans paint themselves daily to go and work in their jungle yucca crops, or during festivals, and the paint is a dry red paste made from boiled down leaves. In order for the paste to stick, when children they are made to snort chilli powder on several occasions in order to make their skin sweat. Once it starts to do this, their pores will continue keeping their skin moist for the rest of their lives.
Location: Ceima Cachivera, Vaupés, Colombia