... We are talking about Clay Pots silly! See what we did there ;-)
We all have seen Patrick Swayze & Demi Moore get it on while making pottery... If you haven't, see it right now, we will wait!
So pottery is one of the oldest human inventions dating back to BC (...i think thats old enough!) and was first started in North Africa - think Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia. Today, we are going to talk about the traditional Moroccan pottery and the enchanting world of souks.
Souks are colorful local markets, comprised of mom & pop shops, that sell a wide variety of handicraft items. Of these handicrafts, the one that is most popular are the Moroccan lanterns & Pots with beautiful etchings. Fez, Marrakech & Safi - these are the main Moroccan pottery cities where almost 85% of Moroccan pottery is created.
Most Moroccan pottery is heavily influenced by Islamic and Berber art of geometrical & arab-esq patterns with shades of blue, red & green extremely prominent. After a few meals in Morocco, you will encounter the tagine, a Berber dish named for the conical pot used to cook it. A tagine’s cover keeps condensation within the dish and is later removed, with the base used for serving. Tagines, or tajines, are usually slow-simmering stews with meats, vegetables and sauces. Check out this Lonely Planet video below to see how a typical tagine is created
Soooooo... interested in learning to make some traditional Moroccan pottery when in Morocco next?
Meet Abderrazak - your local MYrago Moroccan Ambassador who will take you through the enchanting markets and bylanes of the chaotic souks to discover and practice this ancient Moroccan tradition of pottery making alongside local artisans. Discover your own prowess at the pottery wheel and get some cool points when you go back home! Oh and if you do good, you may save yourself some of his side eye! You can find this experience right here!