Country: Panama   /   Village: Embera Puru
Ethnic Group: Embera & Wounan   /   Feature: Beauty & Clothing


Traditionally the Embera painted their bodies with indelible black dye made from the jagua fruit and the red juice from the achiote seeds. The jagua is still used widely, but for the delicate red lines some women have discovered lipstick. 

A common design that is typical of the Embera and Wounan is the painting of the lower face and jaw line. A straight line is extended back from the corner of the lips to just below the ears and is either filled in with solid black or with intricate geometric patterns.

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