Textiles are a vital part of Moroccan society.
They are an important part of our culture, a staple in the daily lives of the people, and are woven into the fabric of the country’s history.
This infographic from the Morocco Institute of Contemporary Art (MICA) shows how these textiles are read by the people of Morocco.
The infographic shows the most commonly read words in carpenter’s textiles: The word “braid”, for example, which has a different meaning in Arabic and in Moroccan.
In English, it would be “a rope”.
This means the textiles were woven using the techniques of hand and back stitch.
It also means the techniques were applied on the ground and in the water.
“They are woven from the earth, they are not made of cloth,” said Dr Zafer Aydin, head of the MICA’s textile department.
“It’s a very traditional weaving technique that has survived for centuries.
It’s the traditional way of making textiles.”
Dr Aydan is a specialist in the construction of textiles and says the importance of these techniques can be seen from the way they are applied to Moroccan textile patterns.
“There are different types of knots that are made from different materials, so they can be applied differently depending on the situation,” he said.
The textiles can also be seen as a form of representation, he said, using them to represent the world around us.
“We can see that this particular technique, the weaving technique, is very important for the way we think about the world,” Dr Aydun said.
“When we are working with these textile techniques, we are looking at a very different world.”
The infographic also shows how the word “corduroy” was used to represent Morocco’s people in the early days of European contact.
“Corduroys are made of wool, they’re woven from cotton, and they’re a symbol of the cotton,” Dr Zafar Aydins said.
They are also a symbol for the wool industry in Morocco, as the wool used in these textilators was harvested by hand.
“In the early 19th century, they were the most sought-after textile in Europe and so were very expensive,” Dr Sefa said.MICA is also the only centre in the world that is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
“The way in which they are woven and how they are presented on a particular textile, they really tell us about the way the textile was made,” Dr Aziz said.
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