ancient handcrafts, modern practice

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Tuareg Metalworker in the Artisan Co-op in Gao making metal jewelry, the traditional way. Artists no longer go to the Co-op market to work because their is no economy in the north beyond bare necessities now. However, Tuareg arts such as leather boxes and shoes, fine handcrafted jewlery, leather cushions, swords, camel seats etc, have traditionally held a significant role in the livelihoods of Northerners.

***side note: If anyone is coming back to the states from Mali please let me know! Artisan friends in the north would greatly appreciate transport of goods to the US! They have no market and are desperate to make money to survive this difficult occupation. Thanks !

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