The more I know, the more I realise how ignorant I am.\nSomeone famous said something like that in a much more cogent way.\nCompletely true for me.\nIn the last year I learnt a little about the textiles of the Maghreb or North African region. And through them a little about the geography of that area. Quite a fascinating learning journey \u2013 for I imagine myself riding on camels with all the nomads from one region to another \u2013 travelling somewhat like Freya Stark\u2026.what a gift that would be if I could transport myself into her life and see all that she\u2019d seen!\nComing back to the art of the region: I learnt that the motifs across their art forms \u2013 their\u00a0silver jewelry, their henna, \u00a0their tattoos and their textiles are all common! \nAnd that the color red, as it is in Asia, is associated with younger married women and particularly with brides (Older women wear darker shades of indigo and black.)\nAnd that there are several formats in which traditional shawls were woven:\nAjar: Shoulder cloth\nKitfeya: Shorter Shoulder Cloth\nBakhnoug: Large Rectangular Blankets and finally\nMushtia: Large and long blankets\nHere are two gorgeous Mushtia weavings:\n\n\n\n\n\u00a0\n\n\n\n\nAnd a magnificent Ajar\n\n\nAm still learning about the technical aspects and the characteristics of the mergoum \u2013 the weaving that also has embroidery.\nSoon, with a book on the subject I should be able to navigate my learning journey more productively.\nUntil then, let me just feast my eyes on the beauty that I certainly can enjoy even in my ignorance!\njaina mishra\nThe post Art of Tunisia appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.