Week 5 of Our Hands focused on Moroccan women artisans through Rug Making. This art form is an ancient Moroccan tradition that has been passed down by generations of women and families across the country. Unlike most of today’s goods created by machines, the rugs made by women in Morocco are the product of countless hours of intricate design and work, all by human hands. The craft is specifically found in Amazigh communities, where mothers and grandmothers teach new generations of women to bring designs that represent their culture, history, and traditions to life.
Leslie Grueber began Rug Making week with a post from the new rug making and sewing cooperative near Kelaa M’Gouna:
Next up was a photo from Rachael Diniega, whovisited a fellow PCV at a cooperative that works with Anou. You can check out their story and products on their website.
Lastly, chokran to Alena Klimas for hiking up a mountain to showcase Ikhefnighir Berber Carpet Cooperative in the Atlas Mountains. You can read more about this amazing cooperative and shop their products on their Facebook page.
[Arabic translation courtesy of Khalid Outeglaouet]