Moroccan Textiles and Design Exhibition by Former Student
27 October 2011
Our former student Dr Myriem Naji has organised an exhibition: Weaving the Threads of Livelihood: The Aesthetic and Embodied Knowledge of Berber Weavers, at Brunel Gallery, SOAS. This is an exhibition that celebrates the living textile tradition of one region of Morocco: the Sirwa.
Dr Myriem Naji received her PhD
from UCL Anthropology. She conducted fieldwork in the Sirwa and in other carpet
producing areas of Morocco. Her doctoral dissertation examines the lives and
livelihoods of female weavers and their families in the Sirwa region. It
explores embodied knowledge and craft production, with a theoretical emphasis
on gender and value creation.
A one-day international conference on Moroccan textiles will take place in conjunction with the exhibition. The symposium will explore Moroccan textiles in their historical and social context; contemporary Moroccan textile designers and artists will present their work and creations.