'Tekabawt' Bag - Tuareg People, Niger (#4)
'Tekabawt' Bag - Tuareg People, Niger (#4)
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'Tekabawt' Bag - Tuareg People, Niger (#4)

$295.00
Most Tuareg live in tents made of goat skins or palm fiber mats. When a woman marries, her family makes a tent for her. The tent belongs exclusively to her; she is responsible for its care and upkeep. In fact, men are considered guests in their wives' homes. How often a nomadic Tuareg family moves depends on the weather, season and quality of pasture. It takes about 2 hours to pack up an entire household. The Tuareg family sets a table with one bowl and many spoons to eat from a large common bowl. Beautifully hand-crafted leather shades are used to keep the harsh sunlight and heat from penetrating their tents.

This hand made storage container consists of a basket substructure lined with leather and adorned with leather and fiber decorative elements.

Women smiths known as Tinadan make elaborately decorated bags such as this to hold teapots, glasses, sugar and the like. They cut, stamp, fringe, embroider, and assemble the leather bags. Tea is central to social life amongst the Tuareg. While the women do the cook-ing, the tea preparation and serving is left to the men. The mint tea, also known as ëgunpowder teaí, is poured into glasses from high above in order to swirl loose tea leaves to the bottom of the glass, whilst gently aerating the tea to improve its flavor.

Dimensions: Including the leather fringe, the container measures 22" tall by 6" in diameter.

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