Cooperative Feminin de Tissage Aït Bououli

Top choice arts & crafts in Ait Bououli Valley

Immediately below Aït Bououli’s trio of mimetic villages is a stone-walled community association with a sign pointing visitors toward the Aït Bououli women’s carpet-weaving cooperative. This 40-member cooperative takes every aspect of carpet-making into its own hands, tending and shearing sheep; carding and spinning fluffy lambswool into yarn; and collecting plants to dye yarn fascinating tertiary hues.

The members also take turns minding the shop, so you’ll be buying carpets from the woman who made it, her sister or her neighbour. If you find the door closed, just call Fatima, the dynamic director, and she’ll come down from the village to open the small storeroom.