Lecture: Skills and Stories of Moroccan Women Artisans

Susan Schaefer Davis, independent scholar and consultant

Many people own Moroccan rugs but know little about how they were produced or who made them. Anthropologist Susan Davis recently published an award-winning and richly illustrated book addressing these questions. In this talk, Davis introduces a variety of these women artisans, from 70-year-old weaver Fadma, who herded camels as a child and never attended school, to Samira, a university-educated seamstress who met her husband on the internet. You will learn their perspectives on creativity, using natural dyes, symbolism in rugs, and managing their earnings—leaving you with a richer understanding of Muslim women.  

Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. Free; no reservations required. The museum's Arthur D. Jenkins Library will be open for special Saturday hours following this program.