Beautiful book very inspiring There is a little something in this book for everyone.
Interested in women s empowerment This book s for you Textiles, especially knotted rugs Check Incredible photos of people, places and textiles Yes Want insight and knowledge about Moroccan and Islamic culture Look no further, this book is written by an anthropologist who has lived and traveled in Morocco for parts of the last 50 years.
I started reading this book with an interest in weaving but zero knowledge of Morocco The map in the beginning is useful because Susan Davis goes on to describe diverse tribes and communities spread throughout Morocco, who speak several languages Interestingly, the beginning is generally about traditional weavers and the second half is about younger, activist weavers and other artisans.
The book consists of over 20 vignettes, each about a woman artisan or family group of artisans Most of them weave rugs, some make buttons or embroider A few still start with raw wool and clean, spin and dye their yarn I found it best to read one or two vignettes each night and absorb the design of the rugs and the details of their lives If I read than two I got overwhelmed with details.
Each vignette forms a chapter that acquaints the reader with a woman, her family and her role earning income in the family We learn how she learned to weave, her relationship to weaving, and about the weavings themselves There are detailed descriptions of different styles of rugs as well as of the symbolism in the weavings There is also discussion of weaving for income and the process of selling to middle sellers who often underpay the women for their work Many women are now working with co ops or associations that offer fairer income or else teach the women to sell directly to customers.
Unlike some depictions of Islamic women which are difficult to read because the women are so oppressed, this is a joyous book Gender relationships in Islamic countries are complex, but these are strong women contributing to their families and aware of their strength Many are very religious and I was surprised how often women raised the theme of weaving as fulfilling a religious obligation to work.
Joe Coca has done it again with his insightful photos The photos of rugs are interesting for the specific patterns, but it is the photos of the weavers themselves that draw me in aged, young, tired, jubilant these are the photos we rarely see in the Western press of strong women with a proud tradition.
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I had the good fortune to go on a tour of Morocco with the author and to meet a couple of the women featured in this book The book is an absolutely wonderful combination of life histories and textile information you get a hint of the vast range of life experiences among Moroccan women.
Strongly recommended for fans of beautiful textiles, beautiful photography and for people who are interested in the way of cultural and technological changes affect women and their work.
Interesting stories about Moroccan weavers and other artisans Especially if you are traveling to Morroco, you will find this book worthwhile The stories are mostly about women in small villages who are bery skilled and proud of their work It is well written and a good picture of the cultures of Morroco.
Awesome I was fortunate enough to travel to Morocco stayed at the Ilahiane s B B, Mama Kheira etal taught us weaving, etc Pp 96 109 Also learned to make buttons by Amina Yaris at the women s co op.
pp 118 125 So great to read about these and all the other Moroccan women who want to keep their traditions going forward into the future.
The book is interesting and rich in facts about women life and art in Morocco.
I purchased this beautifully illustrated and well researched book on Women Artisans of Morocco by scholar Susan S Davis last year, and I couldn t be excited with a book purchase As I did research for a Fulbright Hays curriculum project in 2011, I found few books that addressed the arts and artists of Northern Africa This book helps to fill some of that need by focusing on textile artists throughout Morocco I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in textile arts, stories of women artists, and the arts of Morocco