Handira - Berber Wedding Blankets
Part glam and part bohemian chic, Moroccan wedding blankets, traditionally referred to as Handiras, have gained global popularity in the last few years largely thanks to their Neutral colors – Which makes them fit for any room – and their characteristic sparkle which makes them ultra unique. They are infact so unique that you can’t help but be smitten with them.
No two blankets in my store are the same. Each blanket is unique in its motifs, colors and craftsmanship. Not your typical touristic bazaar quality…
About the “Berber Wedding Blankets”
The “Handiras” are the reflection of a woman’s handcraft and source of pride which means that the handers are the finest produce of the amazigh women. The women of each tribe weave their “Handira” in colors and motifs that are unique to their tribe. The uniqueness allows each woman to distinguish herself from the women of the other tribes and because this tradition has been kept alive until today, we can link the origins of each Handira style to a specific Tribe while it is much harder to do with the carpets.
Today, the handiras have gained popularity due to their neutral color, white or light-beige, which makes them fit for any room, and partially for the characteristic sparkle which makes them unique.
A Berber bride wears her wedding blanket as part of her dowry when she is carried to the house of the groom. According to the old tradition, she is carried on the back of a mule to her new home, decked with her beautiful handira blanket. During this journey, a small procession of family and friends of the bride sing about her dowry and the gifts that she brings for her new family.
The composition of these Berber wedding blankets presents several horizontal white fields separated from each other by dark red embroidered stripes. Each stripe contains mysterious black, yellow and red patterns, which make the piece, look elegant and aesthetically pleasing. It is fun and fresh with a touch of exotic and would make a perfect wedding present or a decoration at a wedding ceremony.