During my stay in Morocco last February, I randomly found a shop selling beautiful fine hand woven scarves. Colours and quality are vibrant, among them natural dyes with henné and hibiscus flowers. The shopkeeper told us about the other shop where the owner works on a traditional loom. So I really wanted to go there before I left Marrakech.
Eventually, on the last day of our photography workshop, I stopped by the other shop, which was really close to the Riad where we stayed and near the Maison de la Photographie. So we met with Faissal (@byfaissal), a happy weaver (he is always smiling!), who created his own company to perpetuate a tradition that is vanishing in Marrakech. Transmission is important to him, so he offered us to visit his workshop and discover how his products are made.
Off we went in the narrow streets of the Medina and arrived to an old fondouk (old hotels for nomad merchants), where he has implemented several traditional looms. We met with the rest of his team (most trained by him) whilst they were working on new shawls. As always with artisans, I was fascinated with their dexterity… slowly but surely the design is taking shape in front of your eyes.
We had an amazing time and we’ll keep living memories of our encounter thanks to the scarves we bought (we could not resist and I wear mines all the time!).
Thank you again Faissal!