Woman’s shawls or capes (handira in Arabic; tabrdouhte in Tamazight) are more commonly known as wedding blankets. Handiras made by the Beni Ouarain tribe are considered to be among the most delicately woven textiles of Morocco. This stunning ceremonial cape worn by the women of the Beni Ourain tribe comprises an unusual flat-weave in black, brown and red hues with zigzag lines highlighting the beauty of the piece. The reverse shows the tufts of wool which have been left for added warmth instead of trimming. It was made in the 1950s and is very rare. A real collector’s piece.
A very rare colour for a genuine vintage handira – which makes this one stand out. The tones are gorgeously rich yet its design is simplicity itself. For someone who loves unusual rare items or for a collector, this one’s a dream.
- Circa 1950
- 2.20 m x 0.95 m / 7' 3" x 3' 1"
- 2.6 kg
- Ref: HAN-BEN-502
About Berber shawls
The Arabic word handira refers to a hand-loomed woollen and cotton blanket or shawl, sometimes with woven or braided cords that tie the garment around the wearer’s shoulders. In the absence of cords, they are usually tied by the use of fibulae (tribal brooches).
EU (excluding Greece): £25
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