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The Touareg people inhabit the Western Sahara countries of Libya, Algeria, Niger and Mali. In Tuareg society women do not traditionally wear the veil, whereas men do. The most famous Tuareg symbol is the indigo blue-colored veil. The men’s facial covering originates from the belief that such action wards off evil spirits. It may have related instrumentally from the need for protection from the harsh desert sands as well. Taking on the veil is associated with the rite of passage to manhood; men begin wearing a veil when they reach maturity. The veil usually conceals their face, excluding their eyes and the top of the nose.

This is a portrait of a very talented musician friend named Omar.

Watercolor
300 pound Arches paper

Tags

touareg, tuareg, africa, veil, black, african, niger, mali, blue, indigo, desert, sahara, travel, adventure

Comments

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    22 October 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Thanks for having me :)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplaralmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely excellent!

  • Thank you my lord :)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetalmost 3 years ago

    Magnifique portrait avec un excellent drapé du cheich

  • Merci infiniment Corinne :) Bises!

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 3 years ago

    Nice work!

  • Thank you very much! :)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • DWBphotography
    DWBphotographyalmost 3 years ago

    Amazing expressive eyes Jamie. Such sadness in them.

  • Thank you for the beautiful comment David :)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 3 years ago


    Super fantastic work!!
    Deb, your host
    Octoberr 24, 2011

  • Wow! Thanks a million :)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Suzanne German
    Suzanne Germanalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations!
    Featured in the All things Poetic Artistic Philosophical Group on 24-10-11
    Suzanne (Group Leader)

  • Very honored! Thank you!

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Darren Stein
    Darren Steinalmost 3 years ago

    Nice peice of work. Well done.

  • Many thanks Darren

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Heidi Erisman
    Heidi Erismanalmost 3 years ago

    Jamie, now you are some watercolour superstar, too. This is awesome! I find it challenging to paint fabric folds using watercolour. You do a remarkable job with it.

  • I’m so honored to receive your compliment. Thank you so much.

    – Jamie Alexander

  • tabletop
    tabletopalmost 3 years ago

    This is amazing! So much expression in the eyes….love it :)

  • Thank you so much! :)

    – Jamie Alexander

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