Three weeks Morocco handicrafts’ exhibition starts from today
Three weeks of Morocco handicrafts’ exhibition (with craftsmen/women showcasing how art craft products are made), fashion, gourmet tasting, live folk and Moroccan band music and inspiring lifestyle experience begins in Oslo from Tuesday.
This is the first time such an event is taken place in Scandinavia following similar events in London (Harrods), Paris (Printemps, Gallery Lafayette) and Berlin (KaDeWe).
Marrakech has been named the World‘s top destination by TripAdvisor users this year and came out on top in the website’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards for the first time this year.
A press statement issued by the organizer said that If there is a name of fashion World closely linked to Morocco, it is Yves Saint Laurent. This Fashion Designer lived in Marrakech a big part of his life and Morocco constituted his muse and inspiration for his fashion design and make up creation (eye-liner Khol).
UNESCO World heritage cities and medinas (old towns): Rabat, Essaouira, Meknes, Fez, Tetouan, El Jadida, Marrakech, Volubilis.
Morocco is a movie hub for Hollywood and foreign producers and filmmakers (i.e. Oliver Stone, Riddley Scott) (Blockbusters filmed in Morocco such as the mummy, Kingdom of Heaven , Babel, Gladiator, Mission Impossible, Prince of Persia, Alexander, Spy Game, American Sniper…). And who does not know Casablanca the movie (1942), one of the most beloved American film throughout history. (Casablanca is the financial and economic capital of Morocco).
The statement said that through history (influence of Carthage and Rome, origins are Amazigh, Arab and African) and its geographical position (proximity to Europe), Morocco has always been a bridge between, the East, Africa and Europe, it has been a land of crossroads of cultures and civilizations where rich and diverse art, architecture, monuments, cultural heritage, gastronomy dazzle the senses, Morocco has preserved its authenticity while evolving in modern times.
The tradition of producing craft objects – that are visually pleasing and enlivened with decoration is a deeply rooted tradition among Moroccan craftsmen/women. Beauty is injected into the humblest of materials from leather, wood and clay to copper and wool.
Craft products are those produced by artisans, either completely by hand, or with the help of hand tools or even mechanical means, as long as the direct manual contribution of the artisan remains the most substantial component of the finished product. These are produced using materials from sustainable resources, the statement reads.
The special nature of artisanal products: artistic, creative, culturally attached, decorative, functional, traditional, socially symbolic and significant. Colorful, fancy, and diverse shapes and sizes.
Each region in Morocco is known for a specific handicraft design. Fez and Marrakech are leaders in working with leather and iron as well as in pottery. Rabat, the capital, is known for its carpet. Essaouira is famous for its wood handicrafts.
In order to involve and compete within the rapidly changing global market, Morocco preserves the authenticity of handicrafts products while improving the quality of crafts products, the protection of intellectual property and developing social and economic dimensions of craftsmen/women’s creation
Morocco 2015 Vision of craftsmanship has been aiming at upgrading the craft sector based on this social-economic driven approach especially when it comes to generating employment among youth in the craft sector
The social and solidarity economy related to craftsmanship is based on the upgrade of legal, institutional and financial backgrounds which support artists in their creativity in terms of:
The Oslo Times