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COURTESY THE BASE PROJECT Chris, left, and Doug Akin with members of the semi-nomadic Himba tribe from the Kunene region of Namibia.
COURTESY THE BASE PROJECT Artisans in Namibia create carved cuff bracelets resembling bone, from used PVC pipe. They work with lengths of pipe, allowing them to control width and diameter. The design is engraved and the pipe is heated and molded into a cuff.
COURTESY THE BASE PROJECT Women of the Zemba tribe take their carved bracelets to market. Designs from left below, $22 each, reflect the scorched trees of the Deadvlei salt pan, the rolling sand dunes of the Namib Desert, and the desert plains of Namibia.