Country of Origin: Mali Materials: Hand braided and dyed leather Circumference: Approx. 18-23 in. Weight: Approx. 0.7-0.9 oz
This braided leather choker is from the West African country of Mali which is rich in history. The history of this country starts with the Mali Empire which lasted from 1230-1600. The cities of Mali became an important hub of culture and influence for west Africa as they served as regional trade centers. Because of this the culture, wealth, language, and customs were easily spread throughout the region. The city of Timbuktu became globally famous due to the vast libraries and universities which were established there. The richest man to ever live, King Mansa Musa, was also from Mali. Present day Mali is the home of many tribes, including the Mande.