"Another addendum to what have already been said.
During my last trip to marrakech i secured a couple of these and the seller was knowledgeable as he sourced them himself in ....Muritania!!!
So the Mauritanian origin seems now certain or these tiny…"
"Thanks, Alaa. Very interesting to know. I thought I would perhaps make it to Paris, but unfortunately had to change my plans. I remember Marie Jose showing these hair pendants a while ago. Very attractive and special pieces."
"Just to let you know that during my visit to the Yves saint laurent/ pierre bergé exhibit on berber women in Paris, there was a huge picture of a possibly "TAMANART" woman wearing one of these on her braids!!
A shock for me…"
Yes, we do have in Israel the use of cloves as scented beads. They are used among the Bedouin who live around me. I put such a necklace on my site on the internet.
Since about twenty years I design, restore and collect bead necklaces. As I feel very lonely in my village in the Negev desert in Israel with this hobby, I started a site on the internet to inform the public en large about all kind of aspects of bead necklaces. (no selling!) The site is based on a huge library I compiled during these years. It is still under construction and texts and photographs are currently being revised. The site has several purposes: General information, (hidden) tips for those who make necklaces and finally it will teach people about the different necklaces over different places and times. One of the chapters is about bead necklaces as cosmetics:
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