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  • A decorated page from a miniature Koran depicting a decoration of they typical Islam magic design.
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Decorated pages from a miniature Koran, late 17th-early 18th century Hausa culture, Nigeria.
Werner Forman/Art Resource, NY


West Africa

Hausa leatherwork is legendary throughout West Africa and across the Sahel. Among the many beautiful items created by Hausa leatherworkers are intricately constructed sandals and boots decorated with narrow strips of leather arranged in striking geometric designs. Traditionally, Hausa leather and leather goods were traded all over the Sahel region. The Hausa traditionally dyed their leather with natural pigments such as henna.