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

By Cynthia Becker

This e-book provides the function of ladies in Berber tradition. It is going into nice intensity in regards to the symbolism present in the humanities of Berber girls. if you first glimpsed this international in Imazighen, the Vanishing Traditions of Berber ladies, by means of Margaret Courtney-Clarke, the current paintings presents a examine in nice aspect.

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Photo by Addi Ouadderrou. 18. Ait Khabbash women from the 1930s from the Ziz Valley near Errachidia. Photo by Jean Besancenot, 1934–1939. Image courtesy of the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. broidered on the taγnast, the tazra n Ismkhan, meaning ‘‘slave’s necklace,’’ consists of a series of four or five diamond patterns of different colors, with red, green, yellow, and black predominating. Ait Khabbash women told me that the motif resembled the large glass and plastic beaded necklaces once worn by enslaved women, reinforcing my earlier statement that the names given to particular motifs vary from generation to generation, depending on historical circumstances.

A small iron comb with a wooden handle called a taska is then used to pound the weft threads into place. As the women work, they unwind the warp from the top beam and roll the completed portion around the lower beam, limiting the height of the loom so it can be used indoors rather than outdoors. As I observed in Mezguida, two or more women often worked together on the same loom; or, on days when there was a great deal of other work to be done around the house, the women would take turns weaving.

Ait Khabbash women from the 1930s from the Ziz Valley near Errachidia. Photo by Jean Besancenot, 1934–1939. Image courtesy of the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. broidered on the taγnast, the tazra n Ismkhan, meaning ‘‘slave’s necklace,’’ consists of a series of four or five diamond patterns of different colors, with red, green, yellow, and black predominating. Ait Khabbash women told me that the motif resembled the large glass and plastic beaded necklaces once worn by enslaved women, reinforcing my earlier statement that the names given to particular motifs vary from generation to generation, depending on historical circumstances.

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