desert-wrapped in sabra in an attempt to protect a few crevices from the invasive Sahara sands

Sabra in Fes

I had the privilege of meeting Mohammed, a weaver. Though the artisans weave wool and cotton textiles, they are well known for their sabra – the elusive semi-rare cactus silk. The weaving factory has been his family business for generations, famous for handwoven sabra. Before machines were devoloped to strip and spin the cactus fibers into threads, the work was done completely by hand. However, in this factory, the fabrics are still handwoven on looms by the skilled craftsmen.

father’s loom

As a young boy, Mohammed would spend his time around the factory. The tour guides would meander in with their flocks of tourists, often helping him with his schoolwork while the visitors took their time to observe the historic operation. As Mohammed’s admiration for the guides grew, so did his dream to become a registered tour guide. Eventually, he earned his Master’s degree and an additional language (both required to become a registered tour guide in Morocco). Though he still tours, his passion has brought him back to textiles. I remember the first time that I visited the factory, Mohammed borrowed his father’s loom (in the middle of a weave) to demonstrate the intricacy of the craft – assuring his father that he would complete the piece in the loom. It was truely beautiful to see the care and pride the artisans put into every thread of work.

fighting the wind on an edge of Saharan hill, grasping my precious woollen craft

Promenade in Martil

chefchaouen [ the blue pearl ]
view of the medinas from the Spanish Mosque | photographed by Yassin Rouidi

Wandering around Chefchaouen on zero sleep, having spent the evening (+ dawn) experiencing a traditional Berber Moroccan wedding celebration. Naturally, since we missed the sunset, we had to catch the sunrise from the spanish mosque – a point overlooking the whole city with all its medinas. We weren’t even tired any more.
Also realized a few seconds after this shot that the person living here was trying to leave their home..

| Photographed by Yassin Rouidi |
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