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Old African Tuareg leather camel bag from Niger Peul Fula art

Old African Tuareg leather camel bag from Niger Peul Fula art

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Authentic  Vintage Tuareg Leather Bag

Dive into the essence of this genuine, vintage leather bag, ornately embellished with vibrant dyed leather strips and the quintessential Tuareg geometric patterns. With each stitch and stroke, this handcrafted piece showcases detailed painting, engraving, embroidery, and an elegant fringed finish.

Esteemed by the Tuareg tribe, this bag has historically been an indispensable vessel for storage and conveyance of essentials. Acquired from Niger, it radiates tales of its journey, marked by subtle wear, occasional small holes, repairs, and age-induced stains. A closer look is provided in the attached photographs.

Bag Dimensions:

  • Size: 18 1/2" (47 cm) x 15" (38 cm)
  • Total Length (inclusive of fringe): 29" (74 cm)
  • Found in Niger, West Africa.

Leather, with its intrinsic versatility, is a cherished medium in the vast landscape of African art, especially in the hands of the Tuareg artisans.

Presented with pride by renowned exporters and connoisseurs of African art.

The Tuareg Narrative:

Encompassing a myriad of unique groups, 'Tuareg' stands as a testament to a shared linguistic and historical tapestry. Their iconic camel caravans were the lifeblood of trans-Saharan trade until modern transportation emerged in the mid-20th century. The once bustling Sahara routes have now transformed, connecting Europe and beyond through coastal railways. Originating from Herodotus's accounts, the Tuareg have traversed from northern Africa, gradually moving south over millennia. Today, many reside in urban hubs flanking the Sahara, historically celebrated as prime trade centers of western Africa. While many Tuaregs are followers of Islam, they hold a distinct identity, separate from Arabic traditions.

Artistic Essence:

The Tuareg artistic spirit predominantly resonates in jewelry, ornate leather work, embellished metal saddles, and masterfully forged swords.

Cultural Epicenters:

Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali.

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