Latifa the weaver
The spindle , the weave and the colored wool threads formed the childhood of Latifa, a Moroccan girl of Taznakht region in the Atlas mountain in southern Morocco.
This young Amazigh woman found herself weaving, like her mother, her grandmother and the women of her village, where spinning and weaving are part of the daily lives of all weaver women, and weaving is a essential tool in every home.
Latifa is now the head of a cooperative in Taznakht, which produces berber rugs with girls from her village, through which they express their authentic Amazigh culture and customs and can market them in Morocco and around the world.
The skill of Latifa
The berber rugs is not a handmade work that allows us to only earn money , explained Latifa , but it is an integral part of the identity of these women: they release their imagination and their sensations to draw beautiful paintings. The colorful woolen threads in their hands turn into a supple feather that conveys moments of joy, sadness, love, waiting and dreaming.
The berber rugs of Taznakht or ouzguiti rugs, are one of Morocco's most famous berber rugs, known for their beauty, quality and vibrant colors, made from the wool of the mountain called "Sirouwa", the finest wool in Morocco , and their colors extracted from natural herbs such as henna and pomegranate peel ,and other color ingredients .
The Taznakht Women's weaving skill is unparalleled, and languages pass it on in tales that have remained immortal in the course of history.
Carrying a beautiful carpet in her hands, Latifa goes on and say that it is with pride that her rugs are woven , with patience and sense of elegance that radiate from her eyes , and also with a know how characterizing only women in the region of Taznakht.
The ritual of the rugThe first production ritual of this carpet begins in May, with the mowing of sheep's wool, its washing and cleaning with the water of the picturesque valleys of the region, then its drying, its comb and its coloration with natural plants, then spin the wool threads to make a tale engraved on the carpets that bewitch the spirits.
inherited colorsTo weave the berber rugs, the women of the region rely on three main colors:
The red, yellow and blue colors that are inherited from generation to generation, but this does not prevent the addition of other colors: according to Latifa, Taznakht carpets are constantly evolving thanks to the imagination and creativity of women, but they do not derogate from their roots and their originality from the High Atlas .
The worries of the weavers
Latifa expresses her culture and lifestyle through national and international exhibitions organized by the ministry of guardianship by showcasing works woven by the women of her region with love and passion. these women weavers possess skills that are inherited from grandmothers. They focus on contemporary events without hiding the legacy of the past, but are now afraid of seeing the legacy disappear. After the new generation turned their backs on them and began to slowly extinguish the flame of patience and enthusiasm, and stick to the slowly extinguished heritage.
Author : J.Rodi