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University of Pittsburgh

Publication Date

Spring 2005

Program Name

Kenya: Swahili Studies and Coastal Cultures


My Independent Study Project (ISP) research was conducted in Mombasa, Kenya. I initial intention was to focus on Swahili beauty alone and then it led me to a more in depth study. I came upon the idea of women, beauty, and how they come together for beauty processes and how it creates a bond between them. I was aiming to focus on ways females pull together and help each other in order to become beautiful. I also wanted to discover the many traditions which Swahili women use to beautify themselves and what they consider to be beautiful.


Anthropology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Women's Studies


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