Jordan Culture: Weaving

Jordan Culture: Weaving Last updated on Tuesday 20th April 2010

The Bedouin people wove many practical items by hand, using sheep's wool and goat and camel hair. Bedouin weaving served many purposes in the nomadic environment: items included bedding-bags, rugs, saddle-bags, food containers and room dividers for the tents.

The preparation for weaving takes at least two months and the tasks of washing the wool or hair, carding, spinning, dyeing and setting up the loom were traditionally shared between husband and wife; the actual weaving, however, is always done by the woman.

Traditional Bedouin colours for woven goods are deep red, black, indigo, green, orange and mustard, as well as natural tones of the animal's coat.

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