NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Carpet weavers from a rural village in Morocco used driftwood gathered from the banks of the Mississippi River to build large wooden looms in New Orleans — their first stop on a U.S. tour demonstrating the craft of their North African homeland.
Two weavers from the Valley of the Roses had never been outside Morocco before arriving in New Orleans last week to share weaving techniques with locals interested in the ancient Berber art.
Through a translator, the women also spoke about the importance of carpets in daily Moroccan life. In the country's rural areas, thick carpets woven for warmth and comfort often are the only furniture. Their manufacture also is a source of family income.
The weavers will hold workshops across the United States through July.