Silver Storyteller Earrings

Silver Storyteller Earrings

79.00

Graceful design in the tradition of Tuareg ceremonial jewelry. The Tuareg are found in Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Chad. Traditionally nomadic herders of the North and West African deserts, some Tuareg now cultivate crops in fertile oases, or work as traders.

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Made in: Niger

Materials: Silver

Size: 1in W x 2in L

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Artisans working with the Union of Peasants for Self Development (UPAP) make traditional Tuareg handicrafts. The Tuareg, nomadic herders of Saharan north and west Africa, now also work as traders or cultivate crops in fertile oases. Tuareg artisans of UPAP use income from craft production to supplement their subsistence farming and other livelihoods.

In 1993, young craftspeople in Terhazer, a village near Agadez, the largest city of northern Niger, organized to create leather handicrafts and silver jewelry. After traveling through France, selling from backpacks for several years, Illies Mouhmoud and his friends organized formally and began UPAP in 1999. UPAP now has shops in Niamey, Niger's capital, and in Agadez, and participates in local African fairs. UPAP also sells to fair trade organizations in France and North America.T