Costumes and Finery

Berber finery and figures

Domestic door, Anti-Atlas

Aït Atta Woman from southeast Morocco, and man from Zemmour, Middle Atlas

Tambourine bendir, South Morocco

Berber groups from the Rif to the Sahara, whether sedentary or nomadic, are renowned for their finery. Clothes, jewellery and accessories define their identity.

Within the framework of a codified system, Berber men and women create their “festive costumes’ using the weaving, colours, jewels and motifs particular to each group. As a result, it is not monotony that one sees at large gatherings – marriages, moussems – but rather a diverse and exuberant variety of finery.