Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives

Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 254 x 254 x 14mm | 766g
  • CO, United States
  • English
  • 186 Illustrations, color
  • 0999051717
  • 9780999051719
  • 1,164,767

Table of contents

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
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"In a time when women's voices across the world are louder and clearer, Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives is an important volume for anyone interested in textile traditions and in the lives of Muslim women." --Rebeca Schiller, Editor, Hand/Eye magazine "A unique achievement, Women Artisans of Morocco is at once richly ethnographic, deeply informative, and aesthetically vibrant; it will be of lasting historic value." --Lila Abu-Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenweiser Professor of Social Science, Columbia University, and author of Veiled Sentiments and Do Muslim Women Need Saving? "The most important contribution of Women Artisans of Morocco is its stereotype-busting presentation of Muslim women that the non-Muslim world so needs right now. A lifetime of Arabic-speaking relationships with Moroccan women has given Davis the basis for sharing their stories as well as their world perspectives." --Deborah Chandler, author of Traditional Weavers of Guatemala, Their Stories, Their Lives and Learning to Weave "Women Artisans of Morocco is a beautifully written, colorfully illustrated, and meticulously researched book by one of the foremost experts on contemporary women's issues in Morocco." --Katja Zvan Elliott, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
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About Susan Schaefer Davis

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.
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