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The Land
- The Great Sahara Desert
 
- The Biggest Desert
- Blown Dry
- More than Sand Dunes
- Window to the Past
- The Tuareg
  - Introduction
  - Traditional life
  - Camels
  - Salt
  - Oasis
  - Clothing
  - Women
  - Writing and song
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- Two ways to count to 10

What clothes work best in the desert?

Bare skin burns in the hot desert sun. For protection, the Tuareg wear layers of loose-fitting cotton clothes. The layers of cloth keep sweat close to the body. This makes the sweat evaporate more slowly, conserving moisture and keeping the body cooler.

Men wear loose-fitting shirts and pants under large indigo robes like the one seen in the photograph. Women almost always wear two wrappers, long pieces of cloth worn like skirts around their waists. On top, they often wear two blouses. Over the entire ensemble they wear large indigo head cloths.

Swords and daggers once protected the Tuareg

Before colonial times, Tuareg swords and arm daggers were the most feared weapons of the Sahara. Today they are mainly used for ceremonial fighting.

Men's Bracelets
Stone
Tuareg peoples
Kano, Nigeria
1995
Men's Sandals
Leather
Tuareg peoples
Agades, Mali
1972
Men's Dress Boots
Leather
Upper Volta, Tuareg
Mali
1969
Pipe
Brass, copper, silver
Tuareg Peoples
Mali
1973
Knife and Scabbard
Steel blade, copper and brass handle
Copper and brass sheath
Tuareg peoples
Gao, Mali
1970's
Dagger and Arm Sheath
Steel blade, copper and brass handle
Copper and brass sheath
Tombouctou, Mali
1969

 

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