Exploring the Textiles of Morocco

by Nicole Farrell

Morocco has a long history of textiles with century old techniques passed down through the generations. 

  

 

  

The souks of both Fez and Marrakesh each have a dying area. Men can be seen dying clothing and textiles. These are then hung to dry.

  

 We stumbled upon many stalls similar to this one. I could not resist a few of the metallic and silk threads for the equivalent of $1 Aussie!

  

I always associate tassels with Morocco as it was a bit of a theme for my first visit to the country. Nothing has changed and I can't walk past a pom pom or tassel! The selection is amazing. 

  

 I found a fabulous little area in the souk of Marrakesh that sold fabulous ribbons and seed beads. 

  

 These clutches have been made using recycled rugs. There were also slippers made from old rugs and I purchased a pair to wear with jeans. They are too nice for slippers!

   

We were lucky enough to visit a women's cooperative which employs disabled ladies for embroidery. The embroidery was of the highest standard and I particularly loved the edging stitch in the left  photo. The stitch is known as 'Darss'. On our October tour, we are excited to offer an optional class at the cooperative. The stitch can be mastered in approximately 2 hours and is a fabulous edge for scarves, napkins etc. There is also the opportunity to visit and observe rather than stitch. 

  

                                   Arts and Crafts of Morocco                                                                              Women Artisans of Morocco

These two books are on my wish list. I have not seen them in person so can't personally recommend but they certainly sound good.

 There are limited places on our October Morocco tour with Lisa Mattock. Next week we will be releasing dates for our March Morocco tour. Please email if you'd like further information.