Konso is located along the main road that extends from the town of Arba minch to south omo valley. Whenyou see women wearing colorful double layer skirts and men in blue and white striped shorts, you are in Konso territory. The roughly quarter million Konso people are spread across 42 villages , most on hilltops and surrounded high stone walls - built centuries ago as a defense against outsiders and even murders other Knoso villages.
Elaborate stone terracing systems help retain moisture and prevent erosion on the steep hillsides. On these terraces the konso raise sorghum, millet, corn, peas and sunflowers.
The konso are also well regarded artisans, weavers make the traditional skirts and shorts, smiths craft bronze earnings and bracelets and woodcarvers create the famous Waka funerary statues.