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SpiceLines PopUp Is Open: Handwoven Moroccan Shawls from a Fez Workshop

For your to-do list: Don’t forget the Spicelines PopUp Shop this holiday weekend! Just click the link to get there: https://spicelines.myshopify.com

Amongst the many treasures you’ll find are this stack of lovely hand-loomed Moroccan shawls, woven in a small family atelier in the city of Fez.

 

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It was my first trip to Morocco, and Fez, in so many ways, was like a fever dream. Every interior pulsated with zellij borders–bright geometric tile laid out in hallucinogenic patterns. Rosewater perfumed the cool, dark entrance to our hotel; in our room, the narcotic scent of  fresh orange blossoms lulled us to sleep. I fell in love with the little salads that preceded every meal: roasted red peppers with preserved lemons and cumin,  wrinkled black olives with herbs, cinnamon- and orange-flavored carrots, pureed fava beans with pita, cucumber and tomato with mint.

In the maze-like medina, we shopped for antique calligraphic tiles and ambergris, met a plaster artist who had created an intricately carved white bathroom for Mick Jagger, toured a deserted house. A Berber “pharmacist” painted one of Serendipity’s hands with protective Berber symbols in henna; later, black-robed women narrowed their eyes and whispered as we slipped by them.

One afternoon our friend Azami led us to his family’s weaving workshop. In a small sunlit room a few men were weaving exquisitely simple lengths of silk and cotton on old-fashioned looms. The patterns were subtle: either tone on tone, or pale plaid, or nothing at all but the fine weave of the fabric itself. By adding intricately knotted fringe, the fabrics became shawls.

Four of these beautiful shawls are available at the SpiceLines PopUp shop until September 15th.  Wear them as they were intended, or get creative. Why not use one as a beach sarong and another as a tablecloth, or a fringed curtain for a narrow window? The choice is yours:  https://spicelines.myshopify.com

 

 

 

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