Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity by Cynthia Becker

By Cynthia Becker

This publication offers the function of girls in Berber tradition. It is going into nice intensity about the symbolism present in the humanities of Berber ladies. should you first glimpsed this global in Imazighen, the Vanishing Traditions of Berber ladies, by means of Margaret Courtney-Clarke, the current paintings presents a learn in nice element.

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My husband does not need to buy them at the market. The blankets at the market are terrible and do not keep you warm like a wool blanket made by an Ait Khabbash woman does. Although the act of weaving still brings Ait Khabbash women status, fewer and fewer young women are learning how to weave blankets and carpets; it is rapidly becoming an art that is restricted to the older generation. Textiles as Metaphors of Female Fertility In order to understand Ait Khabbash textiles beyond their formal and functional characteristics, one must consider the metaphorical meanings theycarry.

For example, the silver bracelets once commonly worn by Ait Atta women consist of a series of triangular projections, and silver triangular pendants once commonly adorned a woman’s headdress (Fig. 9). Women also wore brightly colored beaded chokers with repeating triangular motifs (Fig. 9) and painted triangular red and green motifs on dyed yellow skin bags, which they used to carry henna and perfumed herbs (Fig. 10). 6. An Ait Khabbash woman stands near the textile she wove, 1995. 7. Interior of an Ait Khabbash home at Khamlia, 2002.

Since wool working, which includes washing and combing the wool and then spinning it into thread, is labor intensive, women do not work alone but rely on the aid of their daughters, daughters-in-law, friends, and neighbors. 3. A woman spinning wool. Photo courtesy of the National Anthropological Archives, 1930–1959. Smithsonian Institution/04072800. 3 Even with such help, the preparation of wool for the loom is a time-consuming process. First the women must card the warp threads using long-toothed combs, and a small drop spindle called a tizdit creates fine, strongly twisted threads that are wound into a ball for later use (Fig.

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