Timidwa

 

Jewelry has always been an integral part of the nomadic Tuareg culture. Used for trade or as a symbol of status, the silver and ebony jewelry of the Blue People of the African desert is prized worldwide.  Mohamed learned the art of metalworking from his father, who learned from his father before him. His traditional Tuareg jewelry and knives are engraved and detailed with meaningful symbols and intricate designs. These pieces are worn in daily life, but also used in traditional Tuareg dances and religious festivities. 

Mohamed  is the president of Association Timidwa, an organization of over 70 artists who joined forces to broaden their reach. The women of the association work with leather, while the men are metalworkers. There is an annual apprenticeship program for community boys to learn metalworking as well as their traditional role in Tuareg culture.