- 9'10" x 6'7"
- Material: Cotton Thread, Natural Wool
- Technique: Flying Shuttle, Thread Spinner, Karchal , Loom
- Handmade and designed by The Liberty Cooperative
Bitannias are versatile fabrics. They are thick and soft enough to be used as a warm cover. They are also durable enough to be used as a rug. Bitannias by Cooperative Liberty are made on a horizontal loom using thick wefts of handspun wool. Many bitannias also have large, fluffy pom poms.
Meet the Artisans
Redwan Menafa: Born in 1985, Redwan has been a weaver since he was very young and learned how to weave from his father. After traveling to many different craft fairs and meeting with various artisans, he got the idea to form a cooperative so they could keep the full value for the work that they sell. In 2013, he finally got the approval for Cooperative Liberty. Redwan specializes in creating the designs for many of the cooperatives products and is also skilled in embroidery. Redwan is married and has two children
Mohammad Yahen: Mohammad was born in Tameslouht and is the father of two children. He learned the craft in Tameslouht.
About The Liberty Cooperative
The Liberty Cooperative is located in the town of Tameslouht, which is located about 20 kilometers outside of Marrakech. Tameslouht is greatly becoming known for its lively and diverse artisan craft scene. Tameslouht's history is long, as artisans here have traditionally made clothing for the Marrakech region for many decades. Today, the artisans of Tamelsouht make a diverse range of products that are primarily sold to middlemen the Marrakech medina. Many of the products that are sold in Marrakech are in fact made in Tameslouht. In attempt to break out of their dependency on Marrakech resellers, artisans like Redwan, the founder of the Liberty Cooperative, have come together to ensure that they could generate the prices they need to support themselves and their business. Redwan specifically named the cooperative with the word liberty to reflect their independence as artisans. Today the cooperative is comprised of seven artisans, all of whom have their own small workshops. 10% of each sale goes back to support the cooperative.
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