Weaving is an ancient tradition for the Berber (self-named Amazigh’, meaning ‘free people’) of Morocco. For centuries, Berber women have been regarded as the gatekeepers of Berber culture and tradition. For them, creating artwork is an essential part of their identity and sense of expression and self determination. The motifs in the embroidery on tapestries and henna decoration on hands and feet and face tattoos represent plants, flowers, animals, fertility and architectural shapes. Women see the artwork as a meditative practice and tribute to god. It is said that a women who can weave 40 rugs in her lifetime will have good fortune in the afterlife.
The Berber women wear and work with bright colours from natural dyes to ‘stand out against the desert’.
Symbols commonly found are:
Barley: A rectangle filled with a chequered pattern of light and dark colours, symbolises the blessing of fertility.
The Eye: Drawn in a concentric diamond pattern, it symbolises protection against the devil's eye and keeps evil spirits away.
The Frog: Featuring an ornate diamond design, it symbolises fertility and magical rites The Spider: A diamond-shape with openings on the edges, represents the sun, patience, working life and harmony,
Woven in the Atlas maintains of northern Morocco and hand sourced by Natascha’s family, no two items are the same.
The textiles are made from the fibre of the Agave plant, they are vegan and naturally fire retardant. It’s best not to get them wet (as it might affect the natural dyes). Clean them by airing them out.
Please note that as they are all handmade the colours and embroidery may differ slightly from the image shown. Since each item is handmade and completely unique some cushion covers come with zip fastenings and some have openings. Please contact us if further information is required.
DRY CLEAN ONLY
Sizes will vary as each item is handmade but they are approximately: 46cm x 46cm (46x46cm inner recommended)
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