Antique silver lariat


42″ lariat on waxed linen with antique tuareg cros of Iferouane, antique tuareg beads made of Maria Theresa 18th c thalers.  Antique silver elements from India and Morocco.

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Lariats are leather cords embellished with exotic elements collected around the world.  They can be tied once around the neck, left loose to complement a scarf or wrapped twice to create a short choker.  Let your creativity find other ways to wear them. IMG_7107

This Tuareg silver cross of Iferouane lariat necklace  is a collaborative effort between the Tuareg artisans of the Sahara desert in Iferouane and Agadez and artist and founder of the Nomad FoundationLeslie Clark .
The Tuareg are also known as the “blue men of the desert” because of the indigo dye of their turbans which rubs off on their skin.  They have dominated the Sahara for centuries because of their skill with the camel and knowledge of this inhospitable terrain.   Each nobel Tuareg family had a jeweler family who made the family decorations:  the men made the jewelry and the women the leather work.  For nomads, who carry all their goods with them when they move camp in search of pasture for their herds, art must be utilitarian.  Ornate leather bags, silver daggers and jewelry are the most prevalent art forms.  The work is all hand made without electricity using bellows, forge and hand tools.  Some  designs are  traditional, others a new creation by the jeweler who signs his work in Tifinagh, the written alphabet of the Tuareg.  Tifinagh is one of only two written languages ever developed on the continent of Africa.
The necklaces are designed and assembled, mostly in Agadez, Niger the heart of Tuareg country,  by artist Leslie Clark who for more than 20 years, has collected the exotic elements from her travels to paint around the world.  Proceeds from the sale of each piece are used in Nomad Foundation projects, helping nomadic populations prosper while preserving their traditions.



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