This is where the Moroccan blankets and cushions come from – a journey through the weaving mill in Agadir
It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog entry. Forgive me, but as you know, I write only when I have something interesting to say. This is the case today. I would like to show you where to make the Dari Design cushions and blankets.
All pompom cushions and blankets as well as the hammam towels are all from a small weaving mill in Agadir. It is located in the middle of the craft market – the so-called “Kasbah de Souss” (see picture = entrance area of the Kasbah). This is not to be confused with the usual market “Souk El Had”, which is a popular destination for tourists and where you can buy goods of any kind. In the Kasbah you can see the Moroccan artisans directly at work. There is a pottery there, my favorite basket maker Omar as well as the ladies Najet and Mbarka, who make candles, bags and other beautiful souvenirs, as well as several shoemakers, spice merchants, several jewelry shops and, and, and …
Kasbah de Souss
Hidden between a carpenter who makes accessories and furniture from thuja wood and a shoemaker, that manufactures the Moroccan slippers so-called “Babouches”, you can find the probably smallest weaving mill in Agadir with only a single traditional loom.
Khalid and Mohammed work in the weaving mill. I met them both before the opening of our hotel. At that time, they made fabrics for sofas, curtains and cushions. From the first moment I was blown away by the traditional weaving technique. Being there how a fabric is created by hand? Something you do not see very often these days. My astonishment becomes clear in the following video. Note my meerkat-like head movement and my embarrassing grin during the procedure.
This is how they are made – the materials from which hammam towels, pompom blankets, pompom cushions, curtains or throws will later be made. The production of two square meters of fabric takes – depending on the pattern and thickness of the yarn – several hours to a few days. Well, quality needs its time.
Speaking of quality, how does one recognize a fabric that is of high quality? In principle, the denser the fabric, the higher the quality. If you can pull the stitches apart with your bare hands, it is relatively unlikely that the fabric will survive a wash. By contrast, if the “threads” are woven very tightly, then this is a high-quality product. In the latter case, the weaving yarn is spun twice or three times and thus naturally consumes much more yarn. This is then reflected in weight, quality and price again.
Someone is spinning? Yes you have read correctly. As with Sleeping Beauty, Khalid weaves the threads of the yarn into double or triple threads. This way different colours can be mixed and interesting effects can be achieved. Of course there is also a video for this. After all, you do not see someone spinning yarn every day nowadays.
So after Khalid has spun the yarn and Mohammed happily flew the weaving shuttles, the fabrics that make up the Dari Design textiles are finally created (with the exception of the Handiras – there is a different story). The throws and blankets are ready fdirectly after weaving, while the cushions are sewn by hand. And that’s what it looks like in the end …
So, that’s it. Here, of course, all the hand-woven pretty things can be found here.
Bslemma (Goodbye in Moroccan … again learned something ;-))