Known as Moroccan wedding blankets, Handiras are woven out of sheep wool, cotton and linen by the Berber women in the middle Atlas Mountains. The natural, undyed material is often decorated with patterned kilim bands and shiny metal sequins.
Berber wedding blankets are woven in anticipation of a wedding by the bride’s females relatives. It can take many hours and even weeks to attach hundreds of mirrored sequins, during which the bride’s relatives teach her all about the birds and the bees and marital duties. The sequins and kilim bands are said to ward off the evil eye and bring good luck for the bride and groom. After the wedding ceremony, the bride wears the blanket tied around her neck as a cape. It also provides warmth during the trip to her new home.
Crafted in the heart of the Atlas Mountains.
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