By Cynthia Becker

This ebook provides the function of ladies in Berber tradition. It is going into nice intensity about the symbolism present in the humanities of Berber ladies. in the event you first glimpsed this global in Imazighen, the Vanishing Traditions of Berber ladies, via Margaret Courtney-Clarke, the current paintings presents a examine in nice element.

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An Ait Khabbash woman in Khamlia weaves on her vertical loom, 1999. sist of solid horizontal bands of undyed wool or of alternating red, green, yellow, black, and white horizontal bands (Fig. 6). Until the mid-1980s these were the primary types of textiles woven by Ait Khabbash women; however, in the last twenty years weavers have begun to make long-pile knotted carpets (Fig. Wool continues to be the preferred material, but it has become rarer in recent years. Women proudly continued to weave carpets from this wool until recently.

10). 6. An Ait Khabbash woman stands near the textile she wove, 1995. 7. Interior of an Ait Khabbash home at Khamlia, 2002. Photo by Addi Ouadderrou. 8. An Ait Khabbash woman weaves a knotted carpet from synthetic fibers, 2000. 9. This photo from the 1950s shows an Ait Atta woman wearing the headdress and large silver bracelets once commonly worn by Ait Khabbash women on a daily basis. Photo by Mireille Morin-Barde, 1950–1952 © Édisud. triangle motif also embroidered on Ait Khabbash women’s head coverings (Fig.

This is why a woman who gives birth should not be left alone as my husband left me. Sometimes they [ jnoun] bring their children and when they find a good [human] baby they change them with their babies. Children of the jnoun do not live and they become skinnier and skinnier until they die. If a child dies within seven days of its birth, local beliefs explain the death by saying that the jnoun successfully exchanged their child for the human child. In addition to such practices as leaving a candle constantly burning next to the newborn child to discourage the jnoun, who thrive in darkness and dislike bright spaces and shiny things, Ait Khabbash women adorn their children with objects and materials containing baraka or ‘‘divine blessing’’ to protect them during this crucial period.

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