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Yes, I’m hoping to remember this book again when the girls are a little older and can understand a bit more, but it was worth it just to check out the cool chickens! The English side opens as Americans are used to and the story is meant to be enjoyed by flipping the pages to the left. At the midpoint of the exhibition hangs a mirror, with words engraved both in Arabic and English, telling the viewer to go back to the exhibition start and walk in the other direction to follow the other journey. I decide to stay in Hadida the following day and explore the gorge more slowly and try to meet women weavers in the villages.

It's unique because the stories being shown, for example families eating together, are the same activity but the way in which it is done is different. Baker's entrancing collages, packed with visual information and created with fabric, sand, vegetation and other unusual materials, have the power to bring back child and adult viewers for infinite 'readings. Also in promoting the work, when an Australian image is shown, we have stipulated that its Moroccan equivalent is shown alongside it. The moon standing out allows for the reader to make the connection that the moon appears wherever you are on Earth. One of the joys of working in the medium of picture books and wordless books even more so is the wide scope for discovery and a spectrum of interpretations.And in this way, I was given the opportunity to experience, observe and ask questions about the everyday life of the Berber people. Inspiration came and sometimes went, but there always seemed to be something that held the book together.

Once outside the main town of Kalaat M’Gouna, it’s a place where few tourists venture and a place rich with images and contrasts to western culture. In terms of social and economic status, Baker made comparing the two very simple for the reader again. In promoting the work, whenever the English title is used, we’ve striven to have the Arabic title placed alongside it: the two titles together having become the project logo. In this lesson, we will explore images of the families' journeys through the landscapes of Australia and Morocco.The woman shows her husband the finished carpet and he carefully places it over the mule’s back, puts a sheep in each of the mule’s saddlebags and ties a couple of hens up: he’s hoping to sell these animals too at the souk.

Her collages are fascinating in their detail, and I found myself wondering at times, how she created this or that effect. It is a wordless picture book that speaks volumes about culture – both similarities and differences. I’m joined by two young boys who show me the way, often using stepping stones or bridges of tree trunk to cross the main river and its various channels.The rug – The Morrocan story begins in the early morning with a women praying on her prayer rug then working on her loom weaving a beautiful carpet. Like each other, we live to be loved by family and friends, and be part of a larger family, a community. This is two (wordless) books in one that you read side by side, comparing a family in Australia with one in Morocco. The book sets these characters up side by side so the reader can see how their lives contrast one another.

And further on (closer to the Dades Valley) Lassan takes me to another series of caves, where an extended nomadic family are currently living, their hens and sheep are in another cave close by. In the meantime, their dining table is an old door, still complete with door knob and latch, and father’s seat is a paint tin. The Arabic side opens as the Arabians are used to and the story is meant to be enjoyed by flipping the pages to the right. The women in the Valley of Roses often wore their headscarves with a large distinctive knot sticking upright at the top of their head. Recently, some Berber women have adopted the veil, but most remain comfortable with the gaze of the outside world.For most Berbers today, the symbols they use in their carpets are above all, decorative patterns unique to their own culture. And also clay paints, Tadelaxt (which is a lime based plaster) and traditional Moroccan mud plaster, these gave me the natural soft pink tones and textures found in the traditional mud buildings and landscapes of Morocco. We were both still half asleep and with the motion of the mule pushing us onward and sitting motionless astride its back, it felt as though we were being propelled through a dream. And although they have been extinct in North Africa since the beginning of the last century, lions once prowled the Berber lands and were admired for their strength and majesty and so the lion’s paw remains a popular weaving motif.

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