Meet the Artisan is an interview series where we dive deeper into the background of the Amazigh artisans who are the backbone of Salam Hello. Our mission is to preserve and share the tradition and symbolism—from our artisans’ hands to your home. Each interview explores their history with the weaving tradition, how and when they were taught and what they like to do beyond the loom.

Khatima belongs to the Women-Only Association that is located in the village of Anzal, located about 30 km north of the popular weaving town, Tazenakht. The Anzal collective was founded in 2007 and is kept alive by women passing the craft down through the generations.

When did you learn how to weave and who taught you?

I began my weaving journey at the young age of 9, under the guidance of my sister, Malika. In our household, weaving is a tradition that has been passed down through generations. 

Khatima at the loom

The loom I was taught on was always set-up near our entrance, symbolizing not just protection, but a gateway into our generational home.

Growing up, I wove countless rugs with my family, a shared experience that continued even after I embarked on my own journey with my marriage.

Do you have a favorite technique to weave?
While our region is renowned for various weaving techniques, my heart truly lies with embroidery. There's something captivating about creating intricate designs that represent such deep meaning into each rug.

Khatima weaving
Also, I do really enjoy the Kharita technique. This rug style was the last one I learned how to do and is usually woven by those in the village with the most experience. It consists of a maze of geometric shapes, and requires a lot of attention and meticulous weaving skill. It is unique because it has the same design on both sides, so the rug is reversible and long-lasting.

kharita on the loom
What rug do you cherish the most?
Any rug that I weave with my daughter Mina is quite special to me.

I grew up learning from older generations and it’s important that the tradition continues. I taught my daughter how to weave when she was a teenager and ever since we’ve spent hours crafting rugs together.

Khatima making a loom
My daughter recently had a baby girl and it makes me look forward to the future generations at the loom.

What do you love to do beyond weaving?
I find joy traveling to and exploring the surrounding villages. Beyond, visiting my family and friends I enjoy meeting new people from different backgrounds. 

Khatima Weaving
Also, nothing beats the time spent time with my children and grandchildren, which are some of my favorite memories.

Thanks so much for the inspiring convo, Khatima! Shop pieces woven by Khatima and her colleagues here and below!

Translated by Abdellatif Mouhsine. Please note that some answers may have been edited or condensed for the sake of clarity.

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