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I tried to find these in Morocco, but was told they did not exist, saw the pics today whilst researching the bellas, so shall continue to search!

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Comment by Chantal on June 2, 2014 at 10:38

Thanks Hillary. Yes, very interesting.

Comment by Ethnic Embellishments on June 1, 2014 at 16:09

Chantal, there is a wonderful Islamic clothing website, Shukr, that has a good explanation of the sandal motif.  

Comment by Chantal on June 1, 2014 at 9:19

..and there are some wonderful pics of these in Jean Burner's great book, bijoux Touaregs, p.134-135.

There are also explanations about the two possible origins of this motif, one Islamic and one pre-Islamic.

Comment by Chantal on June 1, 2014 at 9:12

@Hillary, no it wasnt you, it was Fakrun (ROger) from Spain and ever since I keep looking at his lovely beads in the hope that he will come up with another one....

The Prophet'sandal is a Sufi symbol worn by them in amulets but it is held in suspicion by "orthodox" Sunni Islam  (Hence, maybe the problems that Sarah had, finding one...)..However as Ait pointed out it seems to have spread wider than Sufi circles...Tuaregs and others..

@Ait, I had seen this (for a long time) but its "new" and I  want an ethnographic piece,   something made for/ and  worn by the Tuaregs, not something just made for me (and the metal doesnt matter, if worn by a Tuareg it may be more likely to be aluminium.).  Anyway thanks for mentioning this one.

Comment by ait ouakli on June 1, 2014 at 7:55

here ebay one for sale item number :160944346681 the front is silver and i find the price ok

Comment by Ethnic Embellishments on June 1, 2014 at 0:48

Whoops, that should read "sandal", not scandal!

Comment by Ethnic Embellishments on May 31, 2014 at 23:34

The scandal has Islamic connotations.  

Chantal, Do you happen to remember if it was us who had it?  I can't remember for sure, but I vaguely recall having one in our stock some years ago.  If you do happen to remember, I can look for the photo.

Comment by ait ouakli on May 31, 2014 at 19:29

the sandaale has a high consideration in the tuareg culture. we find it in jewelry, wood,leather and textil work

Comment by ait ouakli on May 31, 2014 at 19:28

splendid fotos and the link items

Comment by Patricia Deany on May 31, 2014 at 17:09

So happy I was able to get the image at last--this is a great motif -- gives me something to look for.

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