Purple Handira

Women’ s cape Handira. Wool natural dyes. High Atlas mountains – Morocco – Agdije village – Hait Hdiddou people. Early 20th. century. Very good condition. Dimension cm. 170 x 127 (70 x 50 inches).
Rare black, white and two tones of purple striped hendira women’ s cape with a mustard and orange small stripe at the two heads.
This is a beautiful traditional Berber shawl handwoven by the women of the Ait Hdiddou 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. 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. SOLD

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