These are exquisite cultural treasures. And make for wonderful decor. These come from the Dogon people of Mali. Such an amazing otherworldly aesthetic there.
The Dogon people are located in the southeastern parts of Mali. The granary door is located on a family's granary. The higher one's status, the more elaborate and complex in design the granary door would be. These doors were created to protect the harvest of the Dogon people. Primordial beings, ancestors, Kanaga masks, breasts, sun lizards and scenes of life symbolically served to protect the entrance by making it sacrosanct. Ancestral beings were carved on the door to in the purpose to protect what lies on the other side of the door. Also, these doors recognized spiritual beings that were in charge of fertility and agriculture. Masked figures were often carved on granary doors. These figures wear Kanaga masks. These masks represent the female spirit and birds. In Dogon society, birds are symbols that represent fertility. Located in a region where vegetation is quite low, the Dogon treasured the food that they had and needed to protect it; by doing so they ensured their existence. There are two types of Dogon granary, male and female. The larger male granaries (on the left) are used for storing grains. Men distribute the grain, usually millet, for the day's cooking. Male granaries are usually bigger that the female and have more than one door. The female granary (right) is used for storing other foods but also personal things like jewellery, clothing and pottery. Men are not allowed to enter a female granary.
This one measures 16 x 12 inches. Great weathered patina.
This amazing pouf or floor pillow is made from vintage Handiras aka Moroccan wedding blankets. This is a full on piece of furniture stuffed firm with shredded foam.
They are woven as a dowry for brides. The blanket is handloomed with a field in off white and white stripes with tufty stripes and awesome geometrically patterned lines of sequins. Made of cotton In excellent condition. It measures 25 x 25 x 9 inches and it is stuffed fine shredded foam. The pouf will come with a bigger pillow than th eone shown, it will be more filled out. It is comfy!
Old handiras and things made from old handiras are becoming increasingly rare. The quality of the ones produced now don't compare to these.
Moroccan wedding blankets are woven in natural undyed wool and cotton, often decorated with woven pattern bands of very pretty and colourful talismanic symbols. The numerous sequins give the Handira the finishing touch but are not solemnly esthetical. They are considered to ware of the evil eye and to protect. They also reflect the sun light during the day and the glow of fire at night.
A bride wears her Tamizart as part of her dowry when she is carried to the house of the groom. According to old tradition it is highly unusual that the bride walks, she is carried on the back of a mule to her new home. 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.
For more great Moroccan Wedding Blanket pillows and other pillows from around the world check out the pillows section of our shop:
A huge and superbly painted painted hand carved wooden jaguar masks from Oaxaca. This is a tradition form of folk art in Oaxaca. These vibrantly painted animals are called Alebrijes. This one measures about 10X10"
These amazing throw pillows are made from by Berber women of Morocco. They are not pieces of old rugs but have been woven as pillow cases. Made of wool and in excellent condition. This one measures 12 x 13 inches