⊃⊃ MORØCCÂN WËDÐING BLÅNKETŠ ⊂⊂

July 30, 2015

∴ For hundreds of years Berber women of the Middle Atlas Mountains in Northern Morocco have been hand weaving wedding blankets referred to locally as tamizart. Now more commonly known as handira, Moroccan wedding blankets have remained an integral part of the Berber wedding tradition. ∴

Moroccan wedding blankets

Moroccan wedding blankets

∴ When a Berber girl is still young, her surrounding female family members will begin constructing a wedding blanket composed of undyed sheep’s wool, cotton, and linen. The weaving process is a communal and collaborative effort during which the unwedded girl is taught the responsibilities of womanhood and marriage by the matriarchs of her family. The blanket is to eventually be worn by the young woman on her wedding day, so family members endow marital baraka or blessings into the textile as they weave it. ∴

Moroccan wedding blankets

∴ When the base of the handira is finished, mirrored sequins are added to its surface. This process is extremely laborious, yet vital, for when the blanket is worn by the bride on her wedding day, the sequins rattle and ward off any looming evil spirits. Additionally, when worn the blanket bestows fertility and good fortune upon the newly wedded couple. ∴

Moroccan wedding blankets

∴ After the wedding ceremony has ended, a Berber bride will wrap her handira around her shoulders and wear it during the journey back to her new home with her husband. A Berber bride is always carried, typically on a mule, during this procession and her family will follow behind carrying gifts for her new family. Aside from the spiritual qualities that the wedding blanket possesses, it also provides warmth during the chilly evening ride through the mountains of Northern Morocco. ∴

Moroccan wedding blankets

∴ Moroccan wedding blankets are intricately crafted and take years to complete. No two blankets are the same and each holds a special meaning to the bride that it belongs to. A Berber woman will hold on to her handira for her whole life and pass on the wisdom she has learned to the next young girl in her family. ∴

Moroccan wedding blankets

∴ Today Moroccan wedding blankets are commonly used in Western culture as a means of decoration. Their beautiful sequins and shaggy texture make them a great rug, wall tapestry, bed throw, or couch cover like we style it here in our studio. ∴

Moroccan wedding blankets

Moroccan wedding blankets

Moroccan wedding blankets

Moroccan wedding blankets

∴ Berber culture also influenced our Desert Dweller lookbook. In addition to the wrapping of the handira, it is customary for Berber women to tattoo their faces when they come of age. They will adorn themselves with multiple symbols near openings of their body, like the mouth and eyes, in an effort to repel evil spirits.  ∴

Child of Wild x Flash Tattoos

Child of Wild x Flash Tattoos

 

∴ We offer a variety of wedding blankets to choose from and Berber inspired Flash Tattoos too! Shop our blankets here and our tattoos here. ∴

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