This week the Our Hands campaign focused on one of the most important parts of the Moroccan cultural experience: khobz (bread). Bread making is labor that is typically tasked to women in Morocco. Most meals in Morocco are served with bread, and it is customary to eat using your hands, usually with the bread as the vessel. The consumption of bread every day for almost every meal means that many women are expected to rise early in the morning to begin bread preparation, among other things. Although some neighborhoods have communal ovens where bread is prepared, bread is typically either made in individual homes or bought fresh from hanouts (small, local shops). Types of bread vary by region; some of the most popular varieties include batbot, msemn, baghrir, harcha, and mlwi.
Our first post came from PCV Rachael Diniega in the Sefrou region:
PCV Counterpart and a fellow CCT on the GAD Committee, Khadija El Barkaoui, submitted this photo from the Zagora region:
Lastly, Aicha Tamiri, a PCV Counterpart from the Kelaa M’Gouna region, sent in this video of bread making:
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Thanks @aicha_tamiri for the last Bread Making post 👐 • “As we know, most Moroccan meals are incomplete without bread. It's available everywhere in stores, bakeries… However, Moroccans prefer to make their own homemade bread using certain types of flour. Early in the morning, women bake large round pieces of bread at home and the dough requires a short rest and one rise before it goes into the oven. Then, the family gets to enjoy fresh, homemade bread!” • Our Hands is a campaign that aims to highlight the undervalued and unrecognized labor of Moroccan women through hand imagery. Want to get involved? Post bread making photos using the hashtags #ourhands2018 #gadmorocco
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.
Posted by Caroline Hayes