Moroccan Berber copal and taguemout bead necklace.
Materials: Copal beads, mixed metal enameled taguemout egg beads, glass beads, resin beads, shells, small green agate talhakimt
Beaded Length: About 20.5 inches
Bead Color: Multi
Closure: Braided ties
Ties are about 5 inches long each
Big beaded necklace from Morocco, including glass beads, copal beads, resin beads, shells, large taguemout egg bead and two green carved agate talhakimt. Beaded portion measures about 20.5 inches, but there are ties on each end and this necklace could be tied to measure up to about 26 / 27 inches or so. Pretty traditional colors, including the blue, green and yellow of the enamel, coral red for protection and of course the lovely amber colors of the copal beads. Taguemout egg is about 1.75 inches across. A traditional style using traditional components and bright colors to keep that pesky evil eye at bay!
Berber, or Imazighen (‘Free people’; plural of Amazigh) women are the carriers of the cultural & ethnic identity through their art forms – jewelry, carpet & fabric weaving, fashion, and embroidery. Necklaces, headdresses and bracelets using silver, coral, amber, beads and other elements, and even the colors and designs all have meaning. Tattooing was once widely practiced among women. In the recent past, when a girl reached puberty, sometime between the ages of eleven and fourteen, her mother, aunts, or family friends would tattoo her face and wrists. Tattooing was a rite of passage, marking a girl‘s transition into womanhood. Usually small groups of girls were tattooed at the same time, making it a very social activity, shared and passed on among women. (Today tattooing is a violation of Islamic law so is no longer practiced.)