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    Djenne Market: Local Market

    by flynboxes Written Jan 22, 2009
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    The market in the old city is fairly common. Usual mix of local food and craft along with the imported household items from China. The spice markets are always fun for me even if I end up getting more than a nose full of the scents

    What to buy: Best thing to do is look around. If you really need something then be prepared to bargain them down a bit. I go in with the I don't need it attitude and end up walking away half the time until they give me a good price.

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    Near the Mosque: African masks and junk

    by atufft Written Dec 21, 2005

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    Dogon Headdress bought in Djenne for $5-

    Browse the market area outside the Mud Mosque and you'll soon find a row of mud buildings that are stocked with masks and other souvenirs. Everything is dusty and dirty, except maybe the jewelry which is kept covered, but that's OK. The wood masks are made in large numbers and hung up on the mud walls, so dust and dirt is part of the adventure.

    What to buy: Masks and other ritualistic ornamentation.

    What to pay: Prices can be as low as you are willing to bargain for. Since I found prices already surprisingly low, I was disinclined to suppress the profit of the pitiful vendor anymore than necessary.

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    Jewelry

    by F_Meignant Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    Fulani woman with traditional jewels.

    What to buy: Golden ears and nostrils rings: another Djenné’s speciality. They are traditional Peul (Fulani) jewels.

    Of course, not easy to wear for shopping in an Occidental supermarket…!
    They make smaller ones. And the nostrils rings can be adapted to ears…

    If you buy big earrings and especially old (antique) ones, ask for a bill clearly showing the name of the shopkeeper: they might have been stolen.

    What to pay: Various qualities: in gold or in another metal.

    The golden ones can be very expensive. Around 80000 to 100000 CFA (120 to 150€) for small earrings. Up to 1000000 CFA (1500€) for big ones.

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    Bogolan

    by F_Meignant Written Oct 24, 2003

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    Bogolan

    What to buy: Bogolan is Djenné’s speciality.
    It's a kind of thick fabric on which women draw symbols and stylised patterns. Interesting to see in the workshops how they are made. Some are really impressive. You like it or not. I don’t really appreciate: too dark.

    What to pay: Depends what and how many you buy. Small Bogolan, good quality around 5000 CFA (7€). Big ones can reach 150€ and more.

    Keep in mind that Djenné is a very popular place for tourists. It means that prices are far above what you can find in Mopti for example.

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