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The Fula or Fulani is an ethnic group of people spread over many countries in West Africa, from Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali in the west to Cameroon and as far as Sudan in the east. They call themselves Fulbé and there are many names in other languages referring to them. The most common are Fulani or Fula in English and Peul in French. The Fulani are traditionally a nomadic, cattle herder people and keep themselves somewhat separate from the local agricultural populations. More infos about Fulani people, you can find here.

These traditional and handcrafted jewelry is shaped from brass by artisans of the Fulani/Peul tribe of Mali. Usually are plated with gold to add durability and shimmer. Traditionally, the nomadic Fulani carried their wealth and prosperity by wearing their gold on their bodies.
Apart the earrings, another interesting thing is the tattoo around the mouth of the woman. They use Henna for the tattoo, which is practiced since the puberty of the girls and is restricted to the bottom part of the lip. When the woman is married, the upper part is also tattooed. Nowadays, both things are considered as ornaments, a touch of beauty and a sign of belonging. One of the theories to explain the practice is common for many other African tribes: the tattoo was used to deter slavers looking for unblemished girls.

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