In and around Riad Chi-Chi Marrakesh

Life around Riad Chi-Chi in the medina, Marrakesh

We wandered around the suqs close to Riad Chi-Chi in the area near the Medersa Ben Youssef and the Musee de Marrakech and videoed craftsmen hard at work producing goods for sale in the market or made-to-order, like the lampshades in Riad Chi-Chi. Scroll down to visit: Abdelaziz the wood turner, close Le Foundouk restaurant

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The makers of babouches – Marrakesh

Short video on the making of babouches – filmed in one of the many backstreet workshops in the suqs of the old city of Marrakech, Morocco.

Plasterwork – a skill alive and well in Marrakech

Morocco is famous for its intricate plasterwork. Buildings have real plaster walls rather than drywall. It is another skill that is alive and well in Marrakesh adding architectural details that make Moroccan architecture so beautiful. A short video on the skill of plastering in Marrakech.

One of the Many Skilled Woodturners in Marrakech

You’ll see many of these wood turners as you wander around the old city of Marrakech – noticeable by their deft use of toes to turn wood into things useful, like barbecue skewers. Here Abdelaziz is fashioning me a good luck charm-all without electricity. Life around Riad Chi-Chi in the Medina, Marrakesh

Mohamed, Our Lampshade Maker for Riad Chi-Chi, Marrakech

We are often asked about the lampshades in Riad Chi-Chi — you don’t see them for sale in the souks. So here is a small video about Mohamed, our lampmaker. He can make what you want to-order. He agreed to show us some of his skills – you will see lots of workshops like his

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The herbalist from Paradise – Herboriste du Paradis

Herboriste du Paradis — The herbalist from Paradise Meet Saïd “Maroc Telecom”, so-called he tells us because he spends so much time on the phone, showing off his wares in his store near the Musée de Marrakech, close to Riad Chi-Chi. He has treatments for lots of ailments and sells also an array of herbs

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How to Transform a Plain Dress into Something Stunning

Embroiderer near Riad Chi-Chi, Musée de Marrakech On the edge of the souks, and relatively close to Riad Chi-Chi, we visited Mustafa. Using an old Singer machine, you’ll see how he transforms a simple garment into something rich and stylish. Located in the old city, medina, of Marrakech. One of our video vignettes on life

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The Metals Markets – A Noisy But Fascinating Place In The Souks of Marrakesh

Another in our series of video vignettes on life in and around our riads, Riad Ariha and Riad Chi-Chi. In this mini-video we visited the metal markets – some in plain view as you wander the souks – some more hidden away. It’s a noisy place, but fascinating.