Moroccan carpet weavers begin US tour

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Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 27 at 11:31 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Carpet weavers from a rural village in Morocco arrived in May to gather driftwood from the banks of the Mississippi River and build large wooden looms they'll use on a U.S. tour demonstrating the craft of their North African homeland.

On their first stop in New Orleans, two women from the Valley of the Roses shared weaving techniques with local weavers 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.

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