‘Brunch with the Artisans’

Tuareg artisan and community leader Elhadji Mohamed Kaumama and his son Ismael of Niger visited Fair Trade Décor in Del Mar on July 31 as part of a national tour.

The event featured a demonstration and sale of handcrafted silver Tuareg jewelry. The Tuareg trunk show concluded with a performance of African drumming and dancing by the WorldBeat Centre of San Diego.

The Kaumama Family Collective has been making jewelry in the Agadez, Niger, area for 25 generations. They are known for their high quality jewelry — using 99.99 percent pure fine silver, ebony and semiprecious stones. Each piece is hand-hammered using simple tools and beautifully engraved with the symbolism and motifs of generations. The Tuareg believe that jewelers have special powers because of their handling of fire in the making of the jewelry.

Photos on this page are from a private event, titled “Brunch with the Artisans,” held earlier in the day July 31 by Fair Trade Décor at Hotel Indigo in Del Mar. Fair Trade Décor is located at 1412 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar.

Photos by McKenzie Images.