Jewelry of Southern Morocco
The Makers, The Market and Marriage.
The rich cultural heritage of Morocco can trace to a myriad of influences spanning thousands of years. For centuries the country has hosted travelers and traders who have and continue to influence and leave their mark on the Arab, African, and indigenous Amazigh people.
Engage with the jewelry makers, engross yourself in lectures, discuss with the wearers, participate with communities and cajole with the traders on a magnificent 12-day Southern Moroccan adventure and socially conscious tour.
What do the striking jewelry pieces, specifically from the south of Morocco, reveal about the people who wear, craft, or gift them?
What does this jewelry say about gender, identity, or status of generations past or for contemporary women today?
Do today’s youth embrace traditional adornment?
For a small group (maximum of 14 people) of international travelers who are curious to delve deep into exploring Southern Moroccan culture through the craft and adornment of the local Jewelry, all the while traveling with a sustainable consciousness, engaging with locals, civic communities and learned experts.
Visit the workspaces of craftspeople and meet and engage with the artisans themselves.
Hear stories firsthand from local communities who share their experiences of jewelry, local adornment, and ceremonies.
Visit and engage with local cooperatives (profit-share organizations) and associations (NGO’s).
Participate in talks with learned experts and specialists on relevant cultural topics.
Take part in a workshop or two to try one’s hand at some of the jewelry making skills.
Visit spectacular museums that highlight the traditional cultures of Moroccan adornment.
Laisse with traders and enjoy the sensory overload of local markets.
This tour is an impactful, socially and environmentally responsible program.
A Moroccan, crafts-focused tour with Culture Vultures travels overland, in a comfortable touristic minibus stopping at carefully selected lodgings. Along the way we will interact with local folk sharing real-life stories, engaging in a variety of ways, and building relationships. We travel at a reasonable pace to unpack and explore as well as see and experience diverse landscapes and subcultures.
These projects bridge traditional and contemporary Moroccan society with designated craft as the key to a myriad of cultural topics, historically as well as in a contemporary context, as a means to intercultural understanding. Through workshops, presentations, collective meals, and eventful gatherings we will look at identity, social issues, rituals, semiotics, markets, and meaning, with an ethnographic and responsible approach.
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