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Life around the metal markets in the medina, Marrakesh

We wandered around the suqs close to  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 Sapphire and Spa.

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Abdelaziz the wood turner, close Le Foundouk restaurant

Mohamed, our lampshade maker and skilled metal worker

The metal workers – making beautiful products in Marrakesh

Mustafa – skilled embroiderer

The herbalist from Paradise – with a cure for everything

Making babouches – that quintessential Moroccan slipper

Plasterers – a skill that is alive and well in Marrakesh

Abdelaziz the wood turner, close to Le Foundouk


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.

Mohamed, our lampmaker for Riad Sapphire and Spa, Marrakech


We are often asked about the lampshades in Riad Sapphire and Spa – 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 as you wander the suqs of Marrakech. Later in the video, you will see another gifted craftsman fashion a beautiful copper lamp.

The metal workers in the souks of Marrakech


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.

Skilled embroidery using an old Singer machine


Using an old Singer machine, you’ll see how craftsman Mustafa transforms a simple garment into something rich and stylish. Located in the old city, medina, of Marrakech.

Herboriste du Paradis–the herbalist from Paradise


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 Musee de Marrakech. He has treatments for lots of ailments and sells also an array of herbs and spices.

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.

Video vignettes around Riad Sapphire and Spa, Marrakech

We have been busy wandering our local neighbourhood to take video snapshots of some of the craftsmen in our area. By so doing, we hope to give you a glimpse of life in the Sidi ben Slimane neighbourhood of the old city of Marrakech – right from the heart of the medina.

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Abdelaziz, local weaver

Local baker

Perfume maker

Mustafa, another of local weavers

Menuisier–the carpenter

Tanjia–a typical Moroccan dish slow-baked in the embers of the hammam furnace

Abdelaziz, one of our local weavers – Sidi ben Slimane


Our local baker – khabbaz – in Sidi ben Slimane


We visited the local baker near the hammam in Sidi ben Slimane Marrakesh. Locals made the dough or dish they want baked at home, then take to the bakery to be baked. It’s like a traditional pizza oven – and they will also bake pizzas for you.

Perfumery in Sidi ben Slimane area of Marrakech


A local perfumer mixes perfumes right in his store – lots of fragrances. It’s a pleasure to walk by his store because of the beautiful aroma.

Mustafa, a local weaver, nr. Riad Sapphire, Marrakesh


The next in our series of mini-videos portraying life around Riad Sapphire. This one is of another weaver, Mustafa, whose store is just next to the mosque ben Nasser at the parking of Sidi ben Slimane. Mustafa’s loom is 114 years old and not for sale. He considers it ‘baraka’ a blessing to allow him to earn his living. He has lovely items for sale, blankets, scarves, also embroidery and you can also have something custom-made.

Le menuisier-the carpenter on your way to the riad


So young and already so skilled – one of the many woodworkers you will find as you wander around the old city, medina, of Marrakesh. This carpenter is on the way to Riad Sapphire. They make a variety of products using traditional patterns passed down from generation to generation. They use solid wood and all their orders are custom orders – so if you have a desire for some beautiful moucharrab (the intricate panels of turned wood) here’s where to go.

Making tanjia, slow-cooked meat dish in clay pot


Join our cook, Khatija, on the way to the hammam to slow-roast a tanjia – the name for both the clay cooking pot as well as the tasty meat dish. A typical Moroccan dish with marinaded meat or chicken.

Abdelaziz, the weaver, one of our video vignettes on life in the medina of Marrakech

Abdelaziz weaver video vignette

We have started doing some short video vignettes on life in the medina around the riads in Marrakech.

Strolling around the old city you see all kinds of interesting activities — craftspeople working at their trade: weavers, metal workers, bakers, woodworkers.

The first video is of Abdelaziz, one of our local weavers, close to Riad Sapphire and Spa, who weaves and sells colourful scarves.
You will pass his small shop on the way to Riad Sapphire and Spa in the rue Sidi ben Slimane, Marrakesh.

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.

http://youtu.be/YZxfuj_VfYg

Mohamed, Our Lampshade Maker for Riad Sapphire and Spa , Marrakech

We are often asked about the lampshades in Riad Sapphire and Spa — 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 as you wander the suqs of Marrakech. Later in the video, you will see another gifted craftsman fashion a beautiful copper lamp.

http://youtu.be/YNBoWWM8peQ

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. He has treatments for lots of ailments and sells also an array of herbs and spices. So if you’re looking for a herbal remedy this is the place to visit when in Marrakesh.

http://youtu.be/PQhqxyETrzM

How to Transform a Plain Dress into Something Stunning

Embroiderer near Musée de Marrakech

On the edge of the souks, and relatively close to Musée de Marrakech, 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 in the old city of Marrakesh around riads in Marrakesh.

Riad Sapphire and Spa in Marrakech –

http://youtu.be/BDOUAptP3d8

The Perfume Maker, Sidi Ben Slimane, Marrakesh

More mini-videos from our series of video vignettes on life in the Marrakech medina: Featuring the perfume maker in Sidi ben Slimane, Marrakech. Inexpensive great perfumes from a master perfume maker, as well as totally organic beauty products.

http://youtu.be/W3RRPkg4eWI