"Lucky 7" Hand-Beaded Necklace
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Vibrant hues recall hot desert sands and brilliant red flowers in these artisan-crafted necklaces from Mali. In the ancestral tradition, master jewelers from the Tuareg, Dogon, and Togolese regional groups hand-bead these delightfully dynamic pieces -- available in your choice of Red or Yellow. Each necklace features seven delicate beaded strands, each featuring a single luminous glass bead, cleverly spaced to present a harmonious look. Comes with decorative muslin drawstring bag, ideal for gift-giving.
Necklaces measure approximately 19" L (48.2 cm) and have a hook closure. Handmade in and fairly traded from Mali, West Africa.
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Artisan: Tetou Gologo
Where: Bamako, Mali
"For the Malian Dogons, Tuareg and Togolese tribes, jewelry design is an ancient tradition."
Tetou Gologo, the founder of company Tamacali, creates her designs to accentuate the beauty of different skin tones with the natural colors of stones, pearls, and metals. Based in Mali's capital city of Bamako, Tamacali employs Malians from the Dogon, Tuareg and Togolese ethnic groups. These groups have a long history of artisanship, and are world famous for their sculptures, jewelry and masks. Tetou gains special inspiration from the traditional sculpture art of the Dogon people.
The artisans Tetou employs earn five times the Malian minimum wage. One artisan, Seyadou, uses his earnings to attend school, while another, Hamido, went from being a housekeeper to "chief craftsman." Tamacali also provides training, medical services, daily meals, and annual vacations. By relying on traditional skills and modern African designers, each piece of handmade Tamacali jewelry is unique, captivating and inspiring.