Treasures of Ours

Timaj Garad

Presented by: Timaj Garad
Ethnicity: Ethiopian

These are wall ornaments called ‘mot’ from traditional Harari-Ethiopian basket weaving. Each mot also tells a story and has a function. Growing up, I used to help my mom arrange several mot on the walls of our dining room. Hararis use dining rooms as a place to both entertain guests and as a prayer space with usually only a rug and some pillows (no dining table) decorating the space, aside from the mot. Mot arrangement was a way to make a new space feel like home and make an old space new. For the women in my family, it was and still is a form of bonding through artistic curation.

Image taken by me.

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