Amazigh Textiles in Morocco


Introduction
Background
Weaving Technique
Imagery and Motifs
Female Context
References

 


Introduction

This website will explore the textile arts of the Amazigh (Berber) tribes of North Africa, specifically in Morocco, as an example of a female art that has gained broader attention. In order to place this in context, it will cover the indigenous peoples of known as the Imazighen or Berbers, who constitute a culturally diverse group with an important role in the history of North Africa. This project will examine the techniques of weaving, including an examination of the colors and materials used. It will then discuss the imagery and motifs, both indigenous and influenced by Islam. The main conclusion will be to place their carpets and cloths into a female context and examine this art as a mechanism for social status and prestige.

This project was created for Art History 439C: Traditional African Art History and Society III, taught by Dr. Mikele Smith Omari-Tunkara at the University of Arizona. My name is Samrat Miller. I am a History Major, Art History Minor in my senior year.

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Table of Contents
Introduction
Background
Weaving Technique
Imagery and Motifs
Female Context
References

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