women’s textiles from the moroccan anti-atlas
There is a tribal territory located in the central Anti-Atlas of southern Morocco. This region, filled with remote villages, was so isolated that until 2001 it could only be reached by truck. There, a small number of Berber women are still creating a form of textile design which, until now, has been virtually overlooked.
These textiles are weavings painted with natural dyestuff like henna and other tinctorial plants. Many of them were worn as wraps or headscarves part of the traditional women’s attire, and given to them as a wedding gift.The designs, pieces, clothes and fabrics are breathtakingly beautiful and powerfully expressive. Their motifs have an evidently magical and talismanic meaning.