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The Facial Tattoos of Oro Province

The unique facial tattoos of women in the Oro Province in Papua New Guinea, are a beautiful sight to see.

The women of Tufi pass down this tradition of facial tattoos and believe it makes them more beautiful and youthful.

We were fortunate enough to be able to see a demonstration of this practice, which is done only by certain woman in the village who have the skills and technique. The black ink used for the tattoos is made by mixing ground charcoal with water, then the pattern is painted on the girl’s face using the stalk of a taro plant. Then a lemon plant thorn is used as a needle to pierce the skin so that the ink can penetrate and permanently stain the flesh.

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