In the second week of the Our Hands campaign, we took a look at sewing, clothing-making, and needlework. Our Hands is a campaign that aims to highlight the unrecognized and undervalued labor of Moroccan women through hand imagery.
Moroccan embroidery and needlework is largely considered a woman’s task, and has been a part of the culture since ancient times. While many women learn from family members within the household, this art form has become a way for women to earn money and financially support themselves and their families. Stitches and designs vary from region to region, but the care, intricacy, and precision that go into these products remain consistent across the country.
Our first submission came from America Muñoz, a PCV in the Tata region:
Next up we had GAD Committee Chair, Leslie Grueber, who submitted photos from her site’s rug-making and sewing cooperative near Kelaa M’Gouna:
Lastly, GAD member Katie Bercegeay closed out the week with a photo from her site in the north of Morocco:
Thank you to all who submitted photos! Keep following along on the GAD Instagram, and be sure to post your own photos using the hashtags #ourhands2018 and #gadmorocco.