SIROUA (MOROCCO) IS A REGION LOCATED IN THE ANTIATLAS MOUNTAINS. A ROUGH PLACE WHERE SAFFRON IS GROWN, SHEEP PASTURE CALMLY AND WOMEN WEAVE RUGS AT HOME WITH A VERTICAL LOOM BUILD BY THEMSELVES.
Djebel Sirwa (3,305 m) is a volcanic massif located between the High Atlas and the Anti-Atlas with great contrasts of color and vegetation. The summits are formed by abrupt rocky towers the eroded canyons recall a lunar landscape and the valleys boast of green thanks to the water of the winter thaw.
In these rugged mountains lives the Aït Ouaouzguite tribe formed by farmers and sheepherders. During summer semi-nomadic shepherds take their herds to the Agdals to feed them in the high pastures. At the end of October and the beginning of November is the saffron harvest period, a well-known product from the area.
The weaving of textiles is another very important activity for this community that falls to the hands of women. Traditionally it only covered the needs of the family (carpets, blankets, clothes...) but slowly it is becoming a complementary activity to agriculture, herding and, more recently, trekking tourism. In some valleys its contribution is essential to balance the family budget.
Hafida Hbouane knows very well about this reality, she is also Amazigh and has worked as a mountain guide for more than twenty years in these wild places of the Moroccan Antiatlas.