Evil Eye and Textiles

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Among the textiles from the Middle Atlas region of Morocco, several consistencies in technique, style and material exist. This piece in particular is representative of the motifs, colors, and symbols found in the regionís textiles. This covering would be used mainly as decoration for a floor, but its function does not stop there. The zigzag pattern, the tiny diamond-like designs of this particular textile are symbols commonly used to ward off the evil eye, a glance or complement that hides harmful jealous sentiments. One interpretation of a motif with jagged or sharp edges is that it can poke or jab the evil eye, halting its harmful effects. The diamond-shaped designs within the piece also defend against evil powers, in that they mirror the evil eye's effects back on to the suspect. These symbols and materials are incorporated into the piece with hopes of protecting and defending the household that utilizes it.

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