Morocco, is one of the authentic and conservative countries of North Africa; wherein people maintained the artisanal handicraft and handmade; through centuries; however; the diversity in culture and traditions; are two factors affecting; in a good way; on the artisanal handmade goods; and the Moroccan handmade; Moroccan artisans are usually occupied in small-scale production of goods; and since handicrafts requires particular skills; and knowledge of work.
The secrets and techniques of each craft have been passed; from father to son among craftsmen; and through generation; these artisans have a long and honored history; they’ve been trying to improve Moroccan handmade continuously; to adapt it with the needs of our contemporary society; without deviating from tradition.
The Moroccan culture; in short; is a combination that is incorporating the Berber; Jewish; Andalusian; the Mediterranean; African; and the Arab-Muslim artistic traditions; this combo is reflected in the Moroccan markets; in every Moroccan city; where craft production offers a wide variety of goods; handmade with the simplest utensils.
Moroccan artisanal handmade crafts
The majority of the Moroccan traditional goods are hand-made; locally; from Biomaterials or from metal; and with specific old techniques. therefore; among the Moroccan handmade and crafts, we mention few which are famous in the Moroccan souk/markets.
The Moroccan Tiles “zellige”:
the Moroccan tiles with an Andalusian touch, are the main part of The traditional architectural art in Morocco; which has kept its identity through centuries; present in every Moroccan house or courtyards used to ornament floors and walls, and fountains. also Found in Mosques and old Islamic building, and producing tremendous masterpieces; it’s one of the oldest handicrafts in Morocco; artisans work on clay with their bare hands; using only primitive tools to glaze; cut; paint ceramics, and turn them into beautiful small patterns of tile.
Pottery is one of the old Moroccan handmade that people practiced in Morocco; hence; because of its importance in the daily life of people; Spanish-Moorish and the Berber heritage; influenced the techniques of this handmade; and the Moroccan artisans elevated this tradition and its techniques into masterpieces of art; making the Moroccan pottery splendid; covered with elaborate geometric, arabesque and beautiful, vibrant patterns and colors ; therefore; they vary widely from piece to piece, thus, Moroccan pottery artisans still use simple traditional tools along with their hands; to make pottery goods.
Moroccan Rugs & Carpets:
weaving rugs and carpets it is a craft of ancient times, dedicated to the Berber women of Morocco; who have no formal artistic training; and yet they make stunning vintage carpets and rugs; from weaved wool; and use it for its utility; moreover than just decorative purposes. What distinguishes the Moroccan handmade rugs and carpets is their classic formal style and the colors used; wherein every tribe has its own specific colors which they use in their rugs and different patterns and garnishing; however they all use the same primitive tools, and the final result is; those tremendous Moroccan traditional carpets and rugs .
the Moroccan embroidery; is a fantastic form of artisanal art; which you can still find in some of the ancient Moroccan cities. dedicated to women; who embroider decorating items they use like; curtains, tablecloths, besides serviettes, pillowcases, and clothing such as caftan and djellaba; with floral or geometric patterns; the fast embroidery or terz alfas; is so famous for its golden and silver threads; and it’s remarkable finish wherein the back of the fabric; has the same design as the front; reversible patterns are perfectly displayed ; without any knots o stitches hidden underneath the fabric.
Moroccan Wickerwork or Basket Weaving Craft
also, there is the Moroccan wickerwork or Basket Weaving craft which means; the braiding of natural fibers of dwarf palms. it is a Moroccan Berber tradition that requires patience and agile hands; and since ages ago, Moroccans have completely adopted this Braided palm leaves materials; and use it to make objects dedicated to domestic and agricultural uses; or to adorn the gardens, furniture, and varied decoration.
also, the Moroccan metalwork craft is essential in Moroccan architecture and Moroccan furnishings. it includes iron and brass; to make Openwork grills of wrought iron; to decorate windows and balustrades, sturdy iron furniture, and draped with fabrics; and overstuffed cushions; the Moroccan souks ring with the sounds of hammers against the metal;as blacksmiths with skills that their ancestors handed down to them through generations; in creating wrought iron and brass products such as chandeliers ; Moroccan lamps and lanterns, mirror frames, grates,fanlights; teapot and tray; Door Knockers and more; The outcome of their work is a collection of Moroccan metal art form.
Morocco is known for its artisans and the art of the jeweler, and the Moroccan silversmith is one of the few Moroccan handmade that still being practiced today; Moroccan pieces of jewelry were and remain multi-purpose; wherein the famous pieces of silver jewels are the Berber pieces of jewelry; they serve practical and adornment purposes; as well as; embodying a protective aspect or indicating wealth; or social status; appealing with their aesthetic significance; and their fascinating symbolism and ancient history.
The craftsmen of the Moroccan traditional architectural art have kept the identity of their heritage; through The various art forms of -Arab Muslim and the Spanish-Moorish arts;not to mention that; they have developed their traditional Moroccan architecture, Rather than submitting to standardization; Moroccan Architecture is distinguished by the arrangement of colorful zellige; engraved plaster; and carved wood ; that give the flair of a wealthy urban residence; As against, they give rural buildings rejoicing contrasts; along with the callousness of the place; and the simplicity of the materials used.
Moroccan Traditional Tailoring
Moroccan traditional tailoring of traditional clothes like caftan; markets. or djellaba requires a lot of sewing work and materials such as silk thread; and beautiful fabrics; produced to create the rich textiles; plus, Semi-precious stones; colorful threads; and belt-making; gold and silver threads stitching and knitting knots; as well as, embroidered colorful accessories and needlework.
The leather work
The leather work craft considered as; one of the oldest crafts in Morocco; in fact; Even the tanning methods are still the same; Since centuries now; Moroccan leather is one of the finest in the world, treated and tanned with natural substances; seeing that; Moroccan tanners inherited this Moroccan handmade from their ancestors; Also Moroccan leather products are well known for their durability and classic Berber designs; Especially the Moroccan Leather Bags, it is to be one of the best selling leather product in Moroccan markets; among those Moroccan leather bag products we have a various range of leather bags unique in style, size, design, and color such as :
- MOROCCAN TRAVEL BAGS
- the Moroccan leather messenger bags “travel bags”; and Leather Duffel bags.
- Moroccan backpacks & rucksack
- SATCHEL MESSENGER
- Moroccan Leather laptop bags.
- SHOULDER BAGS
- Moroccan Leather satchel messenger & cross-body bags.
- Moroccan pencil case leather wallet and purses.