This tapestry is the result of a collaboration between ODU works x Memòri Studio and all the spinners and weavers from the Feija tribe located in the Moroccan Anti Atlas.
In the Siroua mountains, and on the plateaus of the Anti-Atlas, a local breed of sheep is known to provide the wool for the carpets of the Aït Ouaouzguit tribes. Known to specialists in tribal weaving, the Siroua sheep was not included in the list of local Moroccan breeds until 2014. It is, however, the main woolly breed in Morocco; the fleece is silky, and the fibres are particularly long, reaching up to 30 cm.
Less than 100 km from this massif, in a remote village, women weavers from the Feija tribe make bridal head veils, which they continue to pass down from generation to generation. This place is one of the few remaining villages in Morocco where women still handspin with such extraordinary finesse.
This piece is the fruit of a collective work - of experiments and exchanges with the weavers of the village during several times of residence. It echoes the register of forms and symbols belonging to the sphere of femininity and fertility. The idea is also questioning these artisanal practices and their transmission and exploring ways of safeguarding and promoting the Siroua breed and the valorisation of wool.