TEXTILES TOURS coming up…
Textiles with Valerie Kirk
17 – 31 May 2023
Textiles with Gloria Loughman
15 – 29 October 2022
3 – 18 November 2023
Textiles with Jen Kingwell
18 march – 1 April 2023
23 September – 7 October 2023
We explore the traditional Amazigh (Berber) crafts of Morocco at a grassroots level where women’s cooperative ventures present a range of textile creations that meld age-old skills with new innovations. Weavers of carpets and cloth, embroiderers and basket weavers are found in remote locations where they still employing their skills to enrich and maintain their traditional life style.
At the gateway to the Sahara we encounter the immense sense of space, silence, changing colour and light of the landscape. We meet the inhabitants of this extreme environment in an unforgettable desert experience where women continue to weave the traditional wool tents of the nomadic tribes on simply constructed portable desert looms and decorate and furnish their homes with wool and recycled rag rugs.
The Amazigh Culture & TEXTILES tour includes hands-on experiences and demonstrations. We learn some exquisite embroidery techniques, learn to tie knots to make rugs, explore some eco-dyeing using Rose Madder and Pomegranate and weave a basket using date palm leaves!
Our tour host artists have many years experience working with textile artists and collections.
Accommodation is provided in the most comfortable traditional guesthouses, where we enjoy the extraordinary delights of Amazigh food and hospitality. Travelling with a small group of like-minded enthusiasts and experienced guides you will discover the highlights of Morocco and the Amazigh Culture that evolves and continues largely through the extraordinary textile tradition. We also enjoy music and a complete range of traditional cultural experiences and crafts. Partners or travelling companions are most welcome and will not be left out!