Later, during the 1904 war with Namibia's German colonisers, Herero tribe members claimed the military uniform of dead German soldiers.
Germany officially claimed their stake in a South African colony in 1884, calling it German South-West Africa until it was taken over
The first German colonists then arrived in 1892, and conflict with the indigenous Herero and Nama people began.
Between 1893 and 1903, the Herero and Nama peoples' land as well as their cattle were seized by militarily superior German forces who regarded them as subhuman.
Then in 1903, the Herero people learned that they were to be placed in reservations, leaving more room for colonists to own land and prosper.
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Experts estimate that around 80,000 Herero lived in German South-West Africa at the beginning of Germany's colonial rule over the area.
When the revolt was defeated, they numbered around 15,000. In a period of four years, approximately 65,000 Herero people perished.
Those who survived, once freed from concentration camps, were robbed of their lands, segregated from whites and forced to work in slave-like conditions.
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Herero women also affected the styles and the airs and graces of the Christian missionary ladies who had come among them in the 1890s.
At the 100th anniversary of the massacre, German Minister for Economic Development and Cooperation Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul apologised for the crimes on behalf of all Germans.
But the clothes the Herero choose to wear, both men and women, are a permanent reminder of the great scar gashed in the tribe's history when they came close to being exterminated.