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Rosa Smits

How to weave together
In a Berber community in Morocco Rosa Smits observed with fascination how powerful the act of weaving together is. It inspired her to invite people in the Netherlands to join this process of weaving a carpet in unison. Consequently, she went back to Morocco to do the same there. Two collectively made carpets resulted from this joint venture. Each carpet carries many dialogues, between cultures and people, that took place around – and within – the weaving. Instead of designing a pattern, she created possibilities for my co-weavers to play. In a sense, out of each piece a new language arose by us responding to each other’s work.

Rosa sees these carpets as material maps that reveal the flexible social network that created them: every person, tool, plant and place is represented in its own respective way. During the process of making, many intimate conversations took place, which proves to her that the act of weaving together facilitated something important and human. Perhaps, the outcomes (whether you call them carpets, maps or dialogues) are just beautiful examples of how to live together.

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