National Geographic : 1980 Jan
A wool cape striped in tribal colors will cover the white dress. Then the pointed headdress is assembled over a stiffened cone held by loops of tasseled and spangled wool. A well-to-do friend wears a necklace of sil ver, glass, and amber (lower left). I gave Ai cha the thin silver chain I was wearing, since silver brings good luck, Berbers believe. Unlike many brides, Aicha has already selected her husband-to-be. Their marriage vows will be formalized during the mous sem. He has provided her wedding clothes, "worth at least 200 dirhams [$50]," her fa ther tells me, proudly. Westerners mistak enly think men purchase wives at the fair, but actually marriage depends on mutual consent and family approval. Here come the brides (below), now in full regalia; they will sit gossiping near the shrine, waiting to choose and be chosen.