al-Hiba: Blanket Embroiderers

Date: 1960s

Young girls would purchase Bedouin blankets and embroider them elaborately for their wedding nights. Women might also do this for single sons away from home. The most lavish are completely covered with colourful designs. Making these embroidered blankets is a respected activity in the community, and these women are considered second only to carpet weavers. See also: Weaver; Maker of Flat-weave Rugs; Makers of Pile Carpets; Loom Maker; Maker of Spindles; Dyer; Embroiderer.

Citation: Ochsenschlager, Edward. Iraq’s Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2004), p. 241.