Omar Chenafi Photograph

This photograph, taken by Fes’s Omar Chennafi will be in the art auction that will take place opening night at the 2nd annual Moroccan Film Festival in New York.

Originally, the date of the festival, to be held at Tribeca Cinemas, was slated for the end of the month however the event has been postponed and the new dates for the festival are November 18th and 19th. So save the date, and see you there!

Kantara Project in Oberlin HS

Fadma and Majda, Photo by Anna Beeke

by Rachel Mentzer, Oberlin High School

As part of the Kantara Project, several Oberlin high school classes have taken on curriculum that relates to Morocco and the Untangling Threads show. This Advanced Art High School class led by Danielle Camino has produced beautiful pieces of mixed media artwork that is a response to Anna Beeke’s photography of Moroccan artisans that are part of weaving cooperatives in the Middle Atlas mountains that Kantara works with.

Wool to Yarn

The sheeps wool shuffle : from raw wool to spun yarn

Sneak peek of a video installation for our next exhibit of Untangling Threads: Women Artisans in Morocco’s Rug Weaving Industry

Breaking Bread with Moroccan Artisans

All of the weavers from this cooperative in the Middle Atlas of Morocco gather in the home of an artisan who has just given birth to a healthy baby boy. The mother and her newborn rest in the next room while the rest of the women share an afternoon snack of Moroccan mint tea, recently-pressed olive oil and freshly baked bread.

This photograph by Anna Beeke is part of Untangling Threads: Women Artisans in Morocco’s Rug Weaving Industry, a traveling exhibit that displays the documentary photographs of the life and lifestyle of women artisans beside handwoven Moroccan rugs woven by the same women. This exhibit has been shown in a wide variety of places, from New York galleries, college libraries, high schools, and street fairs and offers the viewer a glimpse into rural Moroccan life as it documents the life, culture, and craft of female weavers, while specifically focusing on artisans from rural weaving communities in the Middle and High Atlas mountains.