Monday, December 19, 2011

Mali: Part Two

Beads, lots and lots of beads. Scoured the markets for all of the hot pink ones which will be coming home with me and available in the Proud Mary Market soon!
Leather pouf by the Tuareg tribe of the Sahara Desert/Sahel regions of Africa. The Tuareg's migrate North and South from Libya/Algeria down to Mali, Cameroon, and Niger. They also make really beautiful Silver and Ebony jewelry.
Wooden carved animals and creepy/cool horse puppets from Segou.
Yummy baskets in the market in Segou.
Stunning Fulani, nomadic tribe of the Sahel region of Africa which travel East and West following the rains, fabric. The colors and fringe are perfect. I'm bringing home a big one to make into pillows for the Market...stay tuned!
Ornate, Tuareg leather camel bag with a beautiful mint green and multi-colored leather fringe.
Gorgeous cotton shirt made by Dogon people in Northern Mali. The metal embroidery looks so cool in person (and there are pom poms...enough said)!

I don't think there is any greater joy than picking through a market, bartering on jewelry and textiles, and discovering a piece of fabric that makes you want to shout from the rooftops. Yes, I really like a good market and Malian Marche's did not disappoint!

1 comment:

  1. LOVE the Malian markets! My boyfriend and I lived in Mali for a while back in 2008 (even wrote a book about it called To Timbuktu) and I could not get enough of the wild fabric. I now have LOTS of oversized pillows made from it!



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