Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity by Cynthia Becker

By Cynthia Becker

This booklet provides the position of ladies in Berber tradition. It is going into nice intensity about the symbolism present in the humanities of Berber girls. in the event you first glimpsed this international in Imazighen, the Vanishing Traditions of Berber ladies, by way of Margaret Courtney-Clarke, the current paintings presents a research in nice element.

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My husband does not need to buy them at the market. The blankets at the market are terrible and do not keep you warm like a wool blanket made by an Ait Khabbash woman does. Although the act of weaving still brings Ait Khabbash women status, fewer and fewer young women are learning how to weave blankets and carpets; it is rapidly becoming an art that is restricted to the older generation. Textiles as Metaphors of Female Fertility In order to understand Ait Khabbash textiles beyond their formal and functional characteristics, one must consider the metaphorical meanings theycarry.

In the next chapter, we will see that these women still largely control artistic production, although younger women are beginning to feel that the connection between women and identity is a burden that limits their life choices. two The Art of Dressing the Body Eat according to your own taste but dress with the taste of others. —moroc can proverb A it Khabbash gender roles are conveyed by more than just the color and design of their woven textiles. 1 It is through the objects and materials that adorn the body that gender is first inscribed; thus the process of dressing the body further illustrates the gendered discourse on Ait Khabbash identity introduced in the previous chapter.

The role of women in the creation of the artistic symbols of ethnic identity and the gender-specific color symbolism that associates women with fertility suggest that, although women are empowered by the association of female fertility, art, and ethnic identity, it also limits their life options and results in the control of their sexuality. This discussion of textiles, the manufacturing process, and weavers illustrates that women play a central role in artistic production. Women weave textiles that are believed to come alive, demonstrating that the propagation of Ait Khabbash identity depends on the creative and reproductive powers at- 46 amazigh art s in moro c c o tributed to women.

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