The Himba wear little clothing, but the women are famous for covering themselves with otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre. The mixture gives their skins a reddish tinge. This symbolizes earth’s rich red color and the blood that symbolizes life, and is consistent with the Himba ideal of beauty.

left to right: maiko Kanoka, probably an okaasan of an okiya, geiko Tsunemomo, maiko Ryouka, a shikomi, maiko Kanoyumi and maiko Masaho