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.