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Size: 5.10 x 9 ftRug Style: Wedding Blanket Pile: Flat w/ SequinsMaterials: 100% live lamb’s wool, natural and spice dyes
The Story Behind the Weave:This is a wedding blanket, called a Handira.This wedding blanket was woven by six women from the Ait Barra village. This was the first piece they made, and it took two months to complete. To achieve the textile’s bright white, the women used 100% live lamb’s wool, as the younger wool is brighter than adult sheep’s wool. The embroidered stripes were dyed with henna, pomegranate and saffron. Wedding blankets are usually made by a bride’s female relatives or by the women of her village. Traditionally, brides wore the blankets as capes on their way to the wedding, but these days they’re used to wrap gifts for the newlyweds. The blankets are a symbolic blessing for the marriage, and after the wedding, they’re often passed on to other couples to continue to share the blessing and joy. This blanket was used for a wedding six months ago. This bright and versatile piece can be used as a blanket, rug, wall hanging or headboard, and will make any house feel like home.
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