Fibre & Textile Journey
4 - 18 October 2023
Our physical journey follows the General Itinerary.
Morocco has a long and rich history of creating and trading textiles; making use of all manner of fibres and materials, to construct and embellish clothing and home interiors.
From the first century BCE when the Atlantic port town of Mogador (Essaouira) was manufacturing the famous purple dye processed from the Murex shellfish to the richly embellished caftans seen today on the catwalks of Paris and the countless number of floors worldwide that are transformed by Moroccan rugs and kilims.
I'll guide you through the labyrinth of designs, unpicking the influences - African, Arab, Jewish, European and indigenous Amazigh (Berber) and show you traditional and contemporary techniques of construction - weaving, spinning, dyeing, stitching, knotting, embellishing.....
Together we'll explore the creations of the past in galleries and museums and contemporary design in the workshops and studios of the craftspeople of Morocco.
We'll deepen our experiences in hands-on workshops and gather inspiration and ideas for our own creative practices.