Illies has arrived!


Staying true to his nomadic ways, Illies Mouhmoud will be traveling to fifteen different Ten Thousand Villages while he is in the States from Niger! He’ll be demonstrating his lost wax method for casting silver in each store he visits, providing a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of a traditional art form.

Illies has reported that a Ten Thousand Villages order helped him and others to provide for their families during a recent famine in Niger. We are hoping he will find it interesting to meet some of the people who have bought and enjoy his work. I happen to be one of his many loyal customers who find his jewelry to be both elegant AND funky. The artisan stamp on the back of the jewelry also makes me feel very connected to artisans who make it!

If you would like to keep up with Illies’ travels in the States, check out Ten Thousand Villages and click on “Meet Illlies”.