Friday, September 8, 2017

Souks and Colour

 The souks of Marrakech are the largest in Morocco and famous throughout the world as one of the most exotic places to shop.

 Historically, all souks were divided and laid out according to separate commodities being made and sold with the most valuable products (gold, manuscripts etc) positioned in the centre of the main souk area.

 Lesser goods radiated out from the main area.
 Each souk is still named after the products being sold and aside from allowances for modern tastes, the goods are similar to those they sold thousands of years ago.

 The souks thread north from Jemaa el Fna and continue in a winding labyrinth until they hit the Musee de Marrakech.

These seed pods are used as tooth picks.
 The souks open from around 9am to 9pm, the best time to visit is in the cool of the morning or in the evening when the sun seeps through the shattered roof shades illuminating millions of golden dust motes.

The traditional hat, the Fes, usually red in colour with an ebony tassel. Historically, the fabric was dyed with the berries of the kizziljiek plant to become scarlet. There is also a white and black version.
The fes is used for military dress.
Some of the girls had their hands painted with a henna tattoo.
 The tradition is popular for wedding ceremonies as brides adorn their bodies with the latest designs.
The henna is a small flowering shrub, turned into fine powder used for dying clothes, hair and temporary drying the skin.


  1. Looks like some interesting places to do some browsing, even without buying anything.

  2. "some of the girls" I take it you did not indulge in the henna tattooing. A really vibrant shopping experience anyway.

  3. It is just as well I will never travel to Morocco as I would want to buy everything I see!

  4. An interesting place to visit. So many tempting purchases on view.

  5. Photos are the best thing to bring back from a place like that. One could fill a couple of suitcases otherwise.