needle (textileworking: needlework)

Long iron needle of square section, flattened at point.

Item number 43 on Jeremy Keenan's item list. Large sewing needle called 'tasugla', or 'tasubla' in Tamahaq. Keenan acquired this object from Umeyda of the Kel Hirafok people. Price paid: 10 dinar. Keenan refers to fig 220b in Johannes Nicolaisen's 'Ecology and culture of the pastoral Tuareg, with particular reference to the Tuareg of Ahaggar and Ayr' (Nicolaisen, 1963, p 276, fig 220b). This needle would have been part of sewing paraphernalia kept in sewing bags such as 1971.1028 and 1971.1029.

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