Chat Chat Necklace
This stunning Chat Chat Necklace is traditionally given to a Tuareg girl as a "first necklace" or as a bridal gift. Tuareg women will wear multiple chat chat necklaces at one time.
- Size: approx. 18" long, silver pieces approx. 3/4" x 3/4", glass pieces slightly larger
- Materials: 99% Fine Silver, Onyx, Czech Pressed Glass
- Closure: Clasp-Hook
- Colors: Silver, Black, Cobalt Blue
- Artists: Elhadji Koumama and Family
- Origin: Niger, West Africa
- Variation: Handmade, Exact Patterns and Motifs May Vary Slightly
- Packaging: Native Gift Box and Tuareg Story Card
The Koumama family of Niger has been making jewelry for more than 25 generations. They are famous for their high quality hand crafted jewelry - using 99.99% pure fine silver, ebony and semi precious stones. The traditionally nomadic Tuareg are indigenous to the Sahara desert. They are often called “the Blue People of the desert” due to the indigo dye they use on their garments that stains their skin. The Koumama family collective lives in both Agadez and Niamey, Niger. Over 50 silversmiths present their artistry. Each piece is hand hammered, beautifully engraved with the symbolism and motifs of countless generations.Proceeds support an entire community’s culture and craft. Over 200 people are supported by the sale of this jewelry.
Traditionally this semi-nomadic tribe, some call the Tuareg "Blue People" due to the indigo dye used to dye men's deep blue tagelmusts (Turbans). Most of the Tuareg live in the Saharan and Sahelian regions—southern Algeria, western Libya, eastern Mali, northern Niger, and northeastern Burkina Faso.