Womens' Embroidered Headcoverings

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Amazigh women in southeastern Morocco wear embroidered headcoverings called tahruyt. When a young woman gets married she receives her first embroidered headcovering, and, as she ages, its embroidery is increasingly minimal in design. The headcoverings are made from indigo-dyed fabric, believed to be medicinal, protecting the skin from the sun. The colors and designs on the headcovering symbolize fertility. Women in this photo (their backs are to the camera) are watching a musical performance called ahidous, commonly performed at Ait Khabbash weddings in southeastern Morocco.

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