Bruno Borges, ”Agadez.”
Inspired by the Tuareg desert warrior-nomads whose capital town, Agadez, lies in the Saharan Aïr mountains. Just got a load of inspiration from this piece — I’ve been reading about the Tuareg for the past hour or so. SO interesting.
“Tuareg” is an Arabic term meaning “abandoned by God,” reflecting the conflict between Tuareg animistic culture and conservative Islam in Africa. They’re the OG renegade camel riders — jeweled swords, amulets and all. The Tuareg are largely matrilineal; women traditionally own homes and men wear the veil as opposed to women in the form of a turban-like “tagelmust” (see above). There’s also an indigo-dyed alasho tagelmust, which is mostly worn “for an important occasion or ceremony, ritual of passage to the adult age, matrimony or inauguration of a tribal leader.” Their art consists of jewelry (see the Tuareg cross above), leather and metal saddle decorations called “trik,” finely crafted swords, as well as percussion-based music.
Pretty fucking badass if you ask me.