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Handmade and designed by Cooperative Tifawin
Meet the Artisans
Khadija Ait Chakr
Fatiha Ait Ougadir
Born in 1977 in Azrou, Mina Achtouk is married to a mason. Together they have two sons in primary school. It was very important for Mina that her sons attend school because she didn’t get that chance growing up in poverty. Instead, she learned how to weave from the women in her family. When she got married she used her skills and sold her handwoven rug to finance her sons’s education. Mina specializes in boucherouite. When the cooperative Tifawin opened its doors in 2014, she joined it so she could gain control over her own income and work with and learn from other weavers.
Khadija was born in 1969 in the region of Ajoukak. She married a man who due to health complication is unable to work. To support him and their kids she works multiple jobs cleaning hotels, working in the fields, and occasionally selling her handwoven rugs. She moved to Ourika after her niece (the cooperative’s president) convinced her to join the cooperative to have a better chance to live off her weaving skills. Khadija specializes in Boucherouite and she hopes that her work with the cooperative will be the first step to a better life for her and her family.
Fatiha was born in 1992 in the region of Bajoukak. She attended primary school there until 6th grade and dropped out for ‘familial reasons’. A few years later she married and then divorced. It was around this time that she left her hometown of Bajoukak to visit her aunt in Askour. She got along with a few women of the douar so well that she decided to extend her visit only to definitely settle there when she came up with the idea of creating a weaving cooperative. She learned how to weave at a young age and specializes in pile knot, the most popular rug type back in her hometown. She hopes that together with other skilled weavers, they can help each other develop their skills and train younger artisans in order to gain their financial independence and successfully run their cooperative.
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6ft 10in x 4ft 4in x 1in
2m 9cm x 1m 33cm x 3cm
Product ID: 8509
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This bohemian style rug is used to decorate houses especially the nicest rooms/guest rooms or during a celebration. Pile knot rugs are often offered as a gift for newlyweds and they are a must have in some tribes.
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