As part of the 2015 “Year of Heritage” festivities, which will run throughout the year across Bahrain, a fantastic new exhibition dubbed “Berber Women of Morocco” is currently running at the Bahrain National Museum, in collaboration with Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, the Jardin Majorelle and the Musée du Quai Branly.
The Berber (Amazigh) identity developed thousands of years ago on a vast territory that stretches from Morocco’s Atlantic coast to the borders of the eastern Maghreb. Over the millennia it has proven as remarkably resilient to cultural mixing with other Mediterranean civilisations as to various conquests. Throughout history, women have been the guardians of traditions and language, ensuring the preservation of the tribes’ cultural heritage. Transmission has been guaranteed by many symbols that can be found in weaving (the exclusive province of Berber women), jewellery, wickerwork, pottery, tattoos, and henna body painting. An invitation to travel into the heart of Morocco and Berber culture, this exhibition presents the beautiful objects, such as carpets, capes, woven belts, necklaces of amber and coral, and silver fibulae, predominantly from the sumptuous collection of the Jardin Majorelle’s Musée Berbère in Marrakech and Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. Together with stunning archival photographs, it is a tribute to the women who have never ceased transmitting the Berber culture’s singular identity.
GO: Visit the Berber Women of Morocco exhibition at Bahrain National Museum from 8am to 8pm. Runs until April 15.