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Herero women wear very distinctive long flowing Victorian gowns, with multiple overlapping petticoats, and headdresses. Victorian missionaries, shocked by the near nakedness that they found among the Herero, introduced this style of dress and, astonishingly in view of temperatures in Namibia, it has survived.

Herero women wear very distinctive long flowing Victorian gowns, with multiple overlapping petticoats, and headdresses. Victorian missionaries, shocked by the near nakedness that they found among the Herero, introduced this style of dress and, astonishingly in view of temperatures in Namibia, it has survived.

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