Berber Wool

Berber-Wool-PhotoThis lovely bundle of hand spun Berber yarn from Morocco was a recent lucky find – there are 400 gms of rugged pure wool waiting to be used for a special project.

Traditionally Berber women spun woolen yarn using drop spindles and then either dyed the yarn or used the natural colours (often in combination with linen and brightly dyed cotton or synthetic yarns), to weave distinctive and beautiful carpets and blankets (handiras).

The following photos showing a Berber woman spinning and a detail of a Berber handiras are  taken from a great book called Imazighen: The Vanishing Traditions of Berber Women by Margaret Courtney – Clarke.

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