Margunah Bridal Basket- Small [Siwa Oasis]
- Unique, 1 of a kind, piece.
- Handcrafted by women in Siwa Oasis.
- Removable lid for storage.
- Plaited handle to hang or carry.
- Materials- palm fronds, wool pom-poms, silky nylon tassels and joy.
- Diameter- 60cm (23.5 inch's)
- Height- 24cm (9.5 inch's)
- Weight- 0.7kgs (1.5lbs)
Coiled marriage basket (margunah) with attached conical lid, made of plain and coloured (dyed) palm leaf, interwoven with woolen thread of various colours and decorated with red leather, multi-coloured woolen tufts, pom-poms and tassels. A handle, of plaited wool, is attached to the rim of the basket. These baskets were made by young women in preparation for their lives after marriage. Traditionally these baskets were made to store dried fruits and sweets.
In Siwa today, while there is a feeling of optimism for the future, at the same time there is nostalgia for the past and some fear that its culture is being lost. One benefit of the arrival of tourists has been a huge demand for Siwan crafts. Women and girls are now able to provide the tourist market with arts and crafts, especially embroidered dresses and shawls, woven rugs, baskets, tapestries and, more recently, silver jewelry. Special training programs have been introduced to revive the skills of needlework and metal working. Thus, demand from outside has stimulated a revival of traditional handicrafts and is restoring a link with the past.
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