BEAUTIFUL DESPITE HARSH ENVIRONMENTS: This is the third sister of Aouderas that visited Ahoudan, Aghali, and me. She is with her son. I have had several people comment on how beautiful these three sisters and their clothing are. One thing that has never ceased to amaze me is that, no matter how harsh the environment, women of Niger are coquettish, and make it a point to adorn themselves in colorful jewelery and intricately designed clothing. The sisters’ embroidered black tunics are the traditional clothing for women in the Ayr. The embroidery design changes from shirt to shirt. Ahoudan is reknowned as one of the Ayr’s finest embroiderer, and women travel from as far as Niamey to place orders with him. In fact, these three sisters were eager to purchase their embroidered shirts from Ahoudan.