Jewellery Workshops: Unique Silver Jewellery
The jewellery workshops have the craftsmen making the silver Tuareg jewellery that is so unique to the Southern Sahara region. You can watch them work on the floor in the workshop, crafting the jewellery by hand in the fire and then of course go and buy some in the shop. I have seen it for sale in a few places but these prices are lower than anywhere else I have seen.
You can also buy other handicrafts - swords, baskets, wood carvings etc
What to buy: Typical Tuareg silver jewellery.
What to pay: Around €5 to €10 for a nice necklace, more for something more elaborate.
Nomadic arts and jewelry
What to buy: Search in the old souq (market) area for tuareg jewelry and leather arts : they have a very old nomadic tradition and create beautiful coloured leather bags. A traditional object is the southern cross (as in the sky) which comes from Nigerian handworkers, as headpiece of a necklace. Leather goods are usually painted in green, red, black with some brillant parts and are beautiful decorative objects (with a strong flavour or real animal skin!). Shapes for jewelry are ancient berber arts, with simple geometric shapes, and very uncommon for europeans. Note: learn how to distinguish true silver pieces from alliages, and negotiate the prices up to ~-30% if you are on the market.
What to pay: The costs are in the range of 10-80€ for nice traditional jewelry (crosses in silver, tuareg traditional leather bags) and up to 100-500€ for big pieces. You can negotiate prices (and ask for some gifts!) on the market. Avoid bargaining too much in shops.
- Arts and Culture
Market and small shops: Bereber collars
There's an enormous market in this city where you can buy almost everything from clothes or shoes to food and species.
There also there are some shops all around it.
What to buy: * Traditional clothes: Women wear a very nice and big piece of cloth with a lot of colours that can be a very nice thing to have.
* Bereber collars