Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

The Nomadic Women of Mauritania create some of the world's most beautiful beads. One type, the Kiffa bead is considered the epitome of beadmaking. Coral, Amb...

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Comment by Eva Baby on August 3, 2017 at 12:56

Beautiful  items! I have travelled with two Mauritanian  desert  leaders  from  Timbuktu (Mali, border to Mauritania) into the desert, 10 days on camels. I got some so-called  "gris gris" made on the spot by Mauritanian women for us ladies, made of coulered goatskin and little parts of mirrors, to protect us against the djins (bad spirits mainly active in the desert). I still have them and appreciate them. Actually, in Timbuktu there is almost more Mauritanian culture than Malian, apart from Tuareg. Such a pity that Timbuktu was conquered by Islamists later on who detroyed many old buildings of world cultural heritage, besides what they did to some local people(stoning, cutting of limbs (e.g. a young boy because he smoked,etc.).I do not know how Timbuktu is today,the people I lived with and traveled with,had left Timbuktu and went to Mauritania. I wish I had then searched for some of the wonderful Mauritanian beads, but at that time I only collected Tuareg items.

Comment by Cordelia Donohoe on February 28, 2017 at 23:10

really nice little film! The beads get more and difficult to find every year, especially the aggrabs..

Comment by zhanna grace townend on November 7, 2016 at 10:38

inspiring, beautiful, everything just amazing, the beads, the music, the land & last but by no means least the people, thank you for bringing this to us sarah

Comment by ingrid Langerak on March 4, 2014 at 12:59

Stunning video Sarah, beautiful looking people and their beads so beautiful.  I want to get up and go there. Thank you Sarah.



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