Following the Ethnik Series, today I will post about the most beautiful tribe on the planet. A nomadic people with an incredible jewelry like the Kuchi tribe.
Fula, Fulbe or Fulani people, what an amazing tribe, a tribe of 20 million! They are the largest nomadic group in the world.
Most of them are nomads and they are spread over many African countries, especially in West Africa. They were the first group of people in West Africa to convert to Islam.
Characterized by the lighter skin and straighter hair, some Africans even refer to them as “white people” or “the beautiful tribe”. What do you think? I say yes!
The Fulani are primarily nomadic herders and traders. Through their nomadic lifestyle, they established numerous trade routes in West Africa. As times goes on, the modes of transportation throughout West Africa have become more modernized.
This modernization in transportation puts the Fulani at risk of losing their identity as nomads and forces them to settle in farms and villages. This often creates other problems, as the Fulani are a very proud people of a unique culture and are used to ruling over the other people groups.
The Fulani hold to a strict caste system. The four caste subdivisions are the nobility, merchants, blacksmiths, and descendants of slaves of wealthy Fulani.
A distinctive difference between the Fulani and other African people is that the Fulani have a huge respect for beauty. Beauty is considered very important and one of the ways this is shown is through tattoos that are put all over the body. A distinguishing feature of a Fulani woman is her lips, which are many times a blackish color from the use of Henna or tattooing is done on the mouth.
Younger men and women adorn themselves with jewelry and headdresses, and they braid their hair.
Fulani craftsmen have been hand-forging their classic seedpod-like jewelry for centuries. Originally crafted in gold, traditional pieces like the famous gold Fulani earrings are extremely labor-intensive, requiring two weeks of full-time work to complete.
If there are metalsmiths out there, you will find this video interesting:
You can read more about this tribe here.