The Suri tribe, also known as the Surma, is an ethnic group that inhabits the southern region of Ethiopia and northern Sudan. It is estimated that there are around 45,000 members of this tribe. The Suri are known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle and unique and distinctive culture. They live in small villages and are primarily engaged in agriculture and livestock rearing.
One of the most notable aspects of Suri culture is their tradition of body decoration. The Surma are known for their beauty rituals which include body painting and scarification.
Today we want to share with you some of the photos that photographer Biljana Jurukovski took of the women of this tribe. By placing them in front of simple and dark backgrounds, the photographer eliminates all visual distractions and pays a respectful tribute to the women and their culture.
“The Suri tribe is one of the most artistic and colorful, with infinite creativity when it comes to decorating their bodies. In my opinion, they are the avant-garde of the world of tribes, I never cease to admire their imagination and creativity.”