By Cynthia Becker

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As a result of drought conditions and increased desertification in the last twenty years, the Ait Khabbash started to keep fewer livestock. By the 1980s most women purchased some or all of their wool in the market. These new materials also mean that the number and variety of colors used in textile production have greatly increased (Fig. 8). Women still prefer to use wool; but since the Ait Khabbash rarely own large herds of sheep, they use synthetic fibers out of necessity. Some women told me that they prefer synthetic fibers, because their colors do not fade over time, while wool dyed with chemical dyes is rarely color-fast.

For instance, my friend Touda, a married woman in her late forties, told me that she gained satisfaction from helping her family materially and economically: Good women help their husbands by making carpets and blankets. My husband does not need to buy them at the market. The blankets at the market are terrible and do not keep you warm like a wool blanket made by an Ait Khabbash woman does. Although the act of weaving still brings Ait Khabbash women status, fewer and fewer young women are learning how to weave blankets and carpets; it is rapidly becoming an art that is restricted to the older generation.

While these are only a sample of the actual colors in the rainbow, the rainbow is an important metaphor of female fertility. ’’ Ait Khabbash highly value rainbows due to their rarity. Southeastern Morocco receives less than four inches of rainfall annually, making the sighting of a rainbow a rare treat. Ait Khabbash women may spontaneously hold ‘‘bride of the rain’’ ceremonies called telγunja once or twice a year, asking God to send rain and connecting women even more to the fertility of the land.

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