The life of Berber women Artisans in Morocco

Moroccan carpets are highly valued for their beauty and can sell for thousands of dollars in stores. However, just a small portion of that money reaches the ladies who spend months weaving the carpets. Rug weavers make a little from their trade. Women in Morocco's Tazenakht region are well-known for their exquisite rugs. Weaving the 10 kilos of raw wool needed to make one carpet isn't art for these Berber women; it's a way of life. "In the past, families in the Tazenakht and Ouarzazate districts subsisted on wool and weaving and It's becoming increasingly difficult to do so.

Weavers prepare the wool for a month before weaving it into a carpet for another month. Their current endeavour is a custom order for which they will benefit $50. They'll each make around 25 cents a day if they split the money three ways. It's not much, but it's more than they'd get in the neighbourhood orhood souk. "The souk refuses to pay a fair price. It's not even enough to cover the cost of the wool "According to these Berber women. One option is to cut out the middleman. Moroccan carpet weavers claim that the middlemen pay a low price for the rugs but benefit from their sale. The intermediaries are the buyers. They purchase the rugs from the villages and resell them in Marrakesh and other tourist destinations. Rugs sell for hundreds of dollars in Marrakesh's carpet shops.

The bulk of weavers, on the other hand, are poor women from outlying settlements who do not speak Moroccan Arabic. They are a long way from these markets. "Because you have a wonderful carpet, they don't give you a good deal. Then they carry it to Marrakesh and profitably sell it” Berber Woman says. A large carpet takes about a month to weave and costs only few hundreds.

Moroccan Berber Women Struggle to Sell their Art and middlmen take advantage of these women. We In sub-saharian rugs are taking the challenge to connect women directly with their potential customer, and we are also part of these women, and for us it is a hustle to keep cultural prints of our mothers live as long as possible.

 

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