Latitude 31n would not be what it is without all these people talented Moroccan artisans. They are always ready to try new techniques, opening their minds to modernity and contemporary designs.
Thanks to them, I can propose all these wonders that Morocco offers you.
Khadija helps me with the packing. She also loves DIY and helps me clean and restore old stuff I found in the Moroccan flea markets.
Khadija takes care of her family. She raises her sick brother’s children as her own.
She is the only person who works with me every day. A women’s business 🙂
Hafsa is a lovely young girl who embroiders our baskets, hats, and other crafted products.
Saïd is a craftsman trader from Essaouira’s countryside.
He lives and works in a farmhouse with his wife and two little children.
He comes regularly to Marrakesh with his truck and delivers his customers.
Watch Saïd as he skillfully weaves a doum vase in this captivating video.
Above, Mustapha, focused on sewing the leather border of a light palm pouch. On the right, Abdel is sewing strips of woven doum to form a straw mat.
I am working with several artisans from Marrakesh and Essaouira, a two-hour coastal town from Marrakesh. I principaly work with basketworkers.
Basketry is a traditional Moroccan craft that has become extremely diversified over the last decade in Morocco. Artisans, men and women, make little marvels that are easy to integrate into our contemporary worlds and that bring a natural and authentic touch.
Moroccan artisans work with very different materials: doum and palm leaves locally picked or imported wicker, rattan, raffia.