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MALI – People from Sahel

Posted by rod - 23.01.2013

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Italian photographer Roberto Nencini had the opportunity to photograph the people from Sahel in Mali, Africa. His photograph’s tell the story of the woman in the village.

“In this area of West Africa, there are about 32 different ethnic groups. Among them, the Fulani, nomadic herders who live in a kind of symbiosis with the villagers. Also known as Peul, they use to barter offering products from livestock farming in exchange for grain. I was enchanted by their open faces, the precious jewels used during festivals, completely made of gold, real wealth for the village women. The Peul, like all nomads, are colorful, they use coins as necklace pendants, they have particular hairdo and tattoos that identify them with their tribes. Introducing myself to the Village Chief before taking photos, meeting together under the Toguna with the elders, empathize with them, discover their kindness and helpfulness was engaging and surprising. After such a long time I still have in my mind those faces that have accompanied me on that journey and that remain written in this gallery.”

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African inspired packaging by L’Occitane

Posted by rod - 03.11.2011

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L’Occitane have created a bunch of limited edition wellness products that are inspired by Africa. The packaging design is inspired by the traditional bogolan (mud cloth), which has an important place in traditional Malian culture. The design team gave the products more shelf impact by adding vibrant colours to the african patterns. The product fragrances are inspired from all over the African continent, from Morocco to the Ivory Coast. Via outandaboutafrica

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Timbuktu photography

Posted by rod - 07.04.2011

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During 2009 and 2010 photographer Brent Stirton spent a month in total documenting life in Timbuktu, Mali for National Geographic magazine.

“This is a modern essay on a legendary city, historically one of the wealthiest in Africa and for centuries strictly forbidden to non-Muslims. Strategically situated at the northern apex of the Niger River and the southern shore of the Sahara Desert, for hundreds of years Timbuktu dominated the trade for gold, ivory, and slaves from the African interior as well as spices, cloth, and books brought by caravan from the Mediterranean coast. It was a city of considerable scholarly endeavor. In the tenth century Timbuktu contained one of the greatest universities in the world. It was home to hundreds of learned tutors, who maintained extensive libraries of manuscripts concerning history, science, religion, literature and the study of the Koran. . As its wealth grew, the city erected grand mosques, attracting scholars who, in turn, formed academies and imported books from throughout the Islamic world. As a result, fragments of the Arabian Nights, Moorish love poetry, and Koranic commentaries from Mecca mingled with narratives of court intrigues and military adventures of mighty African kingdoms.

Today’s Timbuktu is a very different place, a dusty footnote in northern Mali, the last major settlement on the edge of a vast Saharan wasteland. But amid the ramshackle mud-brick buildings, Timbuktu scholars are once again piecing together the African history that once filled vast libraries in the city’s heyday. There is also a darker side to modern Timbuktu. She is a city on the frontlines of a new war on terror, with Al Qaeda in the Magrib (AQIM,) operating freely in the desert wastelands to its north. A struggling tourism industry and an ill-attended annual music festival are testament to the ripples of fundamentalist attacks throughout the North Africa region. Al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM), has steadily gained a hold on the country’s northern desert. Since 2003, they have kidnapped 47 Westerners, netting an estimated $100 million in ransoms. Their coffers have been further bolstered by protection money from South American drug cartels, which smuggle cocaine through the desert to the Mediterranean coast and on to Europe. According to Interpol, some $2.2 billion worth of cocaine is funneled annually through the region. At the center of this tumult are the Tuareg, the turbaned nomads who have inhabited this part of the Sahara for centuries. For much of the last three years, Tuareg groups in Mali and Niger waged violent rebellions against their respective governments, seeking a greater voice in how their lands and resources are administered. Though a peace deal was brokered earlier this year, the conflict has left much of the region impoverished and awash in weapons and unemployed former fighters. Observers in the region worry that many of these young men could fall under the sway of AQIM and the cartels.” via reportagebygettyimages.com

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Ancient Manuscripts

Posted by rod - 23.01.2010

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Ethiopian manuscript.

Ethiopian Healing Scrolls

Leather bound manuscripts from Timbuktu, Mali

Nice blog post about Ancient Manuscripts, for more info head over to Art Propelled.

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Bògòlanfini fabric

Posted by rod - 11.08.2009

Bògòlanfini mali is a traditional clothing worn by hunters, pregnant women, women giving births, excised women to protect them from the evil spirits that could cause death. Bògòlanfini mali (sometimes bogolan) is a traditional Malian fabric dyed with fermented mud, particularly associated with the Bambara. The name is a Bambara word meaning “earthcloth.” Found via pattern and texture by essence and wikipedia

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Banksy in Timbuktu, Mali

Posted by rod - 02.08.2009

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Great stencil work from Banksy in Timbuktu, Mali. via Jamhuri

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Seydou Keita portraits accompanied by African hand block printed paper

Posted by rod - 21.06.2009

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Seydou Keita portraits accompanied by African hand block printed paper. Seydou Keita was a self-taught portrait photographer from Bamako. He is mostly known for his portraits of people and families he took between 1940 and the early sixties and that are widely acknowledged not only as a record of Malian society, but also as pieces of art. Found via saintverde

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