This is a brief overview of the collections in the care of Qilada. As time progresses, these descriptions will be expanded. Images and descriptions of all individual pieces, currently over 500 items, will be added gradually.
Collection Van Dam-Canton
The Van Dam-Canton collection consists of nearly 400 jewellery pieces. The individual pieces will be published on the website in due course: an impression of the collection is available here. An essay by Yomna Borg, who has researched an inscribed scroll still in its original silver container during her internship from Saddleback University (USA), will also be made available soon.
Collection Jean Burner
The collection of Jean Burner consists of 150 pieces of Tuareg jewellery. These have been published in the book Bijoux Touaregs: Art des bijoux anciens du Sahel et du Sahara au Niger (Fournel, 2011)
The collection holds both rare items as well as jewellery of the everyday, and as such presents a cross-section of Tuareg adornment. The collection is the result of over 40 years of research by Jean Burner, who resided in the north of Niger for several months every year. The individual pieces donated to Qilada will be published on the website in due course: an impression of the collection is available here.
Collection Miep Camps
The collection Miep Camps consists of 11 pieces of personal adornment of the Bedouin. These testify to life in the desert in changing circumstances and show the wide geographical area the Bedouin moved in. The individual pieces will be published on the website in due course: an impression of the collection is available here.