Thursday, February 18, 2016

Morocco's Saharan Women ~ a New Book

Femmes du Maroc Saharien, leurs histoires et leurs secrets (Morocco's Saharan Women, their stories and secrets), published by Mayshad editions, comprises 21 portraits of women from southern Morocco. The stories, written by Emmanuel Dierckx and illustrated by Nezha Alaoui, highlight the cultural diversity of Morocco and its hospitable culture

The author, Emmanuel Dierckx de Casterlé, was a former UN ambassador who spent several years in Morocco. He was born in Brussels.

"Women, portraits of Morocco Sahara" is the latest book published by the young, talented editor Nezha Alaoui. Nezha Aloui, who is also a photographer, was charmed by the women of southern Morocco, when she went there to take photos in this region and drawn to this project.

Emmanuel Dierckx de Casterlé says that women play a central role in transmitting etiquette, ritual and history.  "Thanks to mothers, aunts and grandmothers, who live close together, share,the rituals which are perpetuated in families from generation to generation."

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