Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives, vividly portrays more than twenty-five artisans and their colourful world in varied regions throughout Morocco. The book reveals the personal stories of weavers, embroiderers, button makers, and a seamstress.
Stepping into the lives of these Moroccan women artisans, you will gain an appreciation for their artistic skills and ingenuity. You will also admire their strong roles in this supposedly male-dominated society and their fierce independence and determination as they work to improve their economic livelihoods. You will be welcomed into their homes in rural Berber villages, in bustling cities, and in a remarkable desert oasis and learn what it is like to live as a woman in the rapidly changing society of Morocco. Joe Coca's award-winning photography captures the authentic beauty of the women, their work, and the wildly diverse lands of Morocco.
Susan Schaefer Davis is a consultant with American Friends Service Committee, the World Bank, USAID, and several NGOs. She has been captivated by Morocco since she was a Peace Corps Volunteer there in the 1960s. She now leads cultural and textile tours through Morocco, and is the author of both Patience and Power and Adolescence in a Moroccan Town.
INTRODUCTION 14 A DESTERT LIFE 22 VANISHING TRADITIONS 28 FOLLOWING THE ANCESTORS 34 THE RUG SELLER OF KHEMISSET 44 THE WEAVERS OF N'KOB 54 THE SEQQAT FAMILY 60 THE SOLITARY WEAVER OF TIZNIT 64 THE BLESSINGS OF COLOR AND WOOL 66 ALL BUSINESS 70 THE ART OF WEAVING 74 WEAVING FOR THE GLOBAL VILLAGE 78 THE AMASSINE STYLE 83 A MODERN WOMAN INNOVATES 86 AN ACTIVIST IN AIT HAMZA 96 RURAL FEMINIST AND POLITICIAN 100 MOTHER OF THE LOOM 110 A HEAD FOR FASHION 118 A GRASSROOTS FEMINIST BUTTON MAKER 126 A WIDOW'S STORY 129 WOMEN'S CRATFS OF KHENIFRA 134 STARS AND SCORPIANS 141 MIDDLEWOMAN 145 THE "PERSISTENT ONE" 149 THE FUTURE 153 GLOSSARY 159 BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESOURCES 161 INDEX