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Beni Ourain Rug
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Handmade by the Following Members of Cooperative Tiglmamin
Batoul was born in 1972 and grew up in Khenifra. She is married and has two children. Batoul did not attend school but did spend time at the local’s women’s center learning the art of craft. She loves to work with her hands and has been weaving since she was a young child. Batoul is immensely creative, which can be seen in the stories that she weaves into her rugs. According to Batoul, she thinks of an idea and puts it directly into the design of a rug. Batoul’s love of the creative process as well as her desire to help her family financially lead her to become of a member of the cooperative.
Hbouba was born in 1969 in the Kabbab area about 35 kilometers away from the city of Khenifra. She is married and has five children. Hbouba learned how to weave at home from her mother. She joined the cooperative because she enjoys weaving and would like to help earn money for household expenses.
Hayat was born in 1985, she is married and has two children. Hayat studied in Khenifra and then her family relocated to Agadir for her parents work. While in Agadir her studies stopped because she struggled with the local dialect that was different from her own. Growing up she was exposed to weaving as those in her family were weavers but she didn’t want anything to do with it. Hayat describes how time went on and her idea of weaving changed. Over the years she taught herself how to make rugs and pillowcases, she describes having different ideas and putting them into her work. Hayat joined the cooperative as a way to help her family.
Rachiha was born in 1988 in Khenifra, she has two brothers and one sister. She has the equivalent of an eleventh grade education. When she decided to stop her studies she pursued her creative endeavors via jewelry making. She started her work with the Women's Cooperative of Khenifra in 2008, making handmade jellaba button jewelry. In Rachida’s words, her work as an artisan has opened up doors to the world. Rachida has worked closely with various Peace Corps Volunteers through the years and has had the opportunity to travel twice to the United States to participate in international arts festivals. Rachida started working as an Anou artisan leader in August of 2017 and during her time with Anou the seeds for Cooperative Tiglmamin were planted. Rachida is the current president of the cooperative and the beating heart of this family group. Rachida hopes to increase the opportunities not only for herself but for her cooperative through weaving. She would like to share the products and traditions from their region with people around the world.
Mlouda is 52 years old, she is married and the mother for four children. Mlouda did not attend school but learned the craft of weaving from her mother and grandmother which gave birth to a love of weaving. The craft disappeared for a number of years and was not a viable way to make a living. With the start of her family’s cooperative she has the opportunity to work, create and share this traditional industry both nationally and internationally.
9ft 4in x 6ft 8in x 1in
2m 84cm x 2m 4cm x 3cm
Taska, Hand Picker, Wool Carders, Spindle, Traditional Loom
Product ID: 10316
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This rug varies from one region to another according to color, decoration and production method. Made of natural wool this rug is quite versatile, in the winter the pile side is placed up to keep things warmer and in the summer the pile side is placed face down to keep things cooler. Each knot is individually tied by hand making it a true feat of craftsmanship.
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