|Title||Wodaabe Fulani Wallet Leather Pouch with Tassels African Art|
|Country of Origin||Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso|
|People||Wodaabe, Fulani, see also Tuareg|
|Materials||leather, dyes, plastics|
|Approximate Age||20th century or later|
|Dimensions||Strap is 33 inches|
|Overall Condition||Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.|
Additional Information: A handmade leather purse/wallet decorated with very finial geometric motifs and ended with leather fringes. Leather wallets like this one are found among the Wodaabe, Fulani, and Bororo. They were worn around the neck, under their cloth or attached to the young men's dance costume during the Yaaka dance. The mirrors were used for the makeup.
The Wodaabe people also known as pastoral Fulani or Bororo. The Wodaabe are nomadic herders who live in northern Nigeria and Southwestern Niger. They are famous traders who travel across West African countries Western Africa selling and buying various products. The Wodaabe are well-known for their body adornment and their annual festival "Yaake" which is a kind of beauty contest that involves young men. "Yaake" festival is an occasion for young men to display their beauty, their charm, their virility and their personality. It is characterized by a series of dances called "gerewol" . At the end, a jury composed of three young women will select the best dancer and adorned man.
To see other examples of Ethnic jewelry from around the world please see A WORLD OF NECKLACES (Leurquin), AFRICA ADORNED (Fisher), JEWELS FROM ELSEWHERE (Maggi,Melesi, Pensotti) and ETHNIC JEWELRY (van der Star Collection) and THE SPLENDOR of ETHNIC JEWELRY (Borel).