This "is not just about beautification... The beauty here is giving a woman the chance to be herself," says tattoo artist Ngoc, who started in the profession less than a decade ago.
For Africa’s indigenous Amazighs, body art was more than mere images. They were a decisive social, almost poetic, marker for centuries.
The deq tattoos were believed to improve women's looks and keep away evil spirits. This tradition has not been kept by the younger generations.
Although the surgery to deliver babies has dramatically advanced over the decades, the scars left behind still trouble some women.
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