Tin craftsmen in Marrakech

Although there are a huge variety of crafts being practiced in Marrakech, one that you’re path will definitely cross as you discover what the souk’s have to offer is the Moroccan tin work. After a short walk to Jemaa El Fnaa, I come across some of the striking pieces the Marrakshi craftsmen have to offer.

To become the finished product, strips of of tin must first be decorated.  The process begins by cutting out the traditionally styled designs and shapes on the sides of the ornaments such as in the photo above. This is a painstaking process as each sequence of the pattern must be performed one at a time. However as you journey through the souks and see the craftsmen at their work you will be astonished at their speed and efficiency.

Once this is complete, then comes the process of soldering and welding the tin into the finished ornament. Below is footage of the craftsman Abdel Moniim and his partner using tin to create a striking collection of lamps ready for sale in the Belaarif souk’s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFpPCONIz_s

The skills that go into creating these astounding pieces go back generations and are usually passed down through families. However despite handmade craftsmanship of the highest caliber, these tin pieces are relatively inexpensive and a small lamp as pictured above can be purchased for around 20 Dirhams (£1.55).

Before your visit to Morocco remember to leave some space in your luggage, as the remarkable selection of crafts that Marrakech has to offer will leave you wanting to bring a small slice of Marrakech back home with you!

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