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A woman from the Suri tribe wearing flower decorations ©Louisa Seton

This Suri woman has a lot of scarring patterns on her body, which are purely for beautification, as the Suri traditionally use scarification to decorate themselves. They cut their skin - sometimes with the thorn of an acacia tree - and put ash in the wound so that it gets infected. The scar tissue then causes the skin to raise.