An African Fair in Paris – Part IV – Vendors and Exhibitors

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Albassane Ag Alaly of Mali - Touareg

Albassane Ag Agaly of Mali
Photograph by www.DiscoverParis.net

Hand-crafted Jewelry

Hand-crafted Jewelry
Photograph by www.DiscoverParis.net

The first stand I visited exhibited hand-crafted jewelry by Albassane Ag Agaly, a member of the Touareg ethnic group in Mali. He received a certificate of recognition for his jewelry from UNESCO in 2000.

Esther - Central African Republic

Esther – Central African Republic
Photograph by www.DiscoverParis.net

Bags and Hats

Bags and Hats
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Next, I came upon Esther, from the Central African Republic. She was selling a number of items: hats made in Madagascar from raffia; bags made from raffia by prisoners in Cameroon; shirts from the Central African Republic. Esther was selling these items to raise money and awareness for the non-governmental organization Femmes en Danger, “whose objective is to fight against the impunity of perpetrators of violence against women in times of peace as well as in times of war in Africa in general and in Central Africa.” (My translation.)

Necklace Made from Bamboo Fruit

Necklace Made from Bamboo Fruit
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Esther with Doll

Esther with Doll
Photograph by www.DiscoverParis.net

I returned to Esther’s stand on Sunday afternoon, and she showed me more hand-crafted products that had not been on display on Friday. In the photographs above, she shows a necklace made from the fruit of bamboo, which is called “pierres végétales” (vegetable rocks) and a doll, both made in the Central African Republic.

Next…more vendors and exhibitors.

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