This is a beautiful traditional Berber shawl handwoven by the women of the Ait Haddidou tribe in a remote area of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Made of tightly woven natural dyed wool, it would have been worn wrapped around the wearer's shoulders for warmth and protection against the biting mountain winds. This shawl is in good condition.
These shawls are still worn today, especially by young Berber girls attending the yearly Wedding moussem (festival) in Imilchil. The colours woven into the shawl and the alignment of stripes reflect the specific tribe to which the girl belonged, as well as her social position within that tribe.
1.70 m x 1.30 m / 5' 7" x 4' 3".
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).