Saturday, April 02, 2011

Artisan Market in Fez

Association Afouss Ghofouss are among many groups selling their creations

Today and tomorrow, the small courtyard at the courtyard in front of the Cultural Complex in Fez will be crammed with colour. Carpets, clothing, cous-cous, dried herbs, scented oils and jewelry are all on offer as part of the annual Marche Maroc Fes.

The fair opened yesterday and features thirty-six groups of artisans - mostly women - from Agadir to Taza demonstrating and selling their creations as part of the United States Peace Corps and USAID initiative.

Fatima from Association Afouss Ghofouss (above left) said it was an excellent opportunity for small co-operatives to sell their creations directly to the public. "Lots of people are buying the things we have made, which is mezzian (wonderful)," she said.

Peace Corps worker Yanyi Mao, who works with Association Tislit, said their black and white woollen carpets were high quality and good value. "They would look good almost anywhere."

Goods are on sale at fixed prices and include wood-carvings, handmade daggers embroidery and homewares.

Marche Maroc Fes is on today until 6pm and tomorrow from 9am to 2pm at the Cultural Complex in Avenue Palestine, Ville Nouvelle, Fez.

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