A man's turban amulet or 'gris-gris', worn tied around or under their turban or veil. It consists of a blue and white cotton ribbon ('teilalt' in Tamasheq) wrapped around paper into a rectangular shape, most likely containing verses of the Koran. A small portion of blue and white gingham material can be seen underneath the ribbon wrapping. There are two long ribbons loose at either end as ties, at the ends of which are colourful woollen tassels in cream, orange, red and green.

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