|The Women’s Embroidery Project was inspired by circle dance teacher Laura Shannon (who has researched traditional embroidery symbols for many years) during her first visit to us in 2014.
Who does the Women’s Embroidery Project it benefit?
Our Women’s Embroidery Project produces beautiful items made by hand using traditional skills and natural materials. The Moroccan women are keeping alive and reviving traditional skills and tradition in the face of “competition” from cheap machine made items.
We supply these items direct from the women, who receive 100% of the sale price. Additional benefits include: the positive aspects of the living wage, fair trade, female company and solidarity, giving women an independent income,increasing the women’s self-esteem and status in the family and the community, offering the younger generations a chance to learn traditional Women’s embroidery craftwork and consequently to appreciate the value of their culture more. The younger women are being taught in Riad, a village where all the potters are men; hence it gives women an opportunity to be more self sufficient.
The patterns contain symbols which date back nearly 10,000 years; these are symbols of female deities which are designed to protect and to encourage fertility of their crops, livestock and families. They are found throughout the European, Asian and North African world; they may also be found on pottery, carpets, leather and henna tattoos. Tree of Life or Mountain Goddess (lkabab) pattern is a common embroidery motif. In Morocco it is said to bring health, wealth, fertility, prosperity and all good things. Lbrouj is similar motif but smaller.
Thank you very very much. They are lovely – such beautiful handiwork. I am really pleased with them. I may be in touch to order another in a few weeks. Thank you again. Cathy Blythe
How might the cloths be used?
They may be framed to hang on a wall, used as decoration of a table or an altar, held by the leader of a dance or used as a centre piece in dance.
To learn more about the origins of the project, read Magazine Article about our Embroidery Project
New Embroidery Products – Autumn 2016
These items are currently on offer but please ask for the size or colour or design that you prefer.
Handbag: zipped top with flap to conceal zip, zipped inner pocket and adjustable shoulder strap. Dimensions: 21.5 cms wide x 23 cms high. Price: 230 MAD
Small bag with strap and zipped closure: ideal to carry a passport and/or money and bank cards or a small camera or a mobile phone. The design is the “Tree of Life”.
Small carrying case: with popper closure suitable for a mobile phone or spectacles.
How to order