hand of fatima


The Hamsa symbol, also known as the hand of fatima, can be found all across the Arabic and North African world and you will repeatedly see the amulet throughout your stay in Morrocco. Most Moroccans believe that the Hamsa, or Khomisa as it is known locally, acts as a form of protection from evil, whilst others see it as a sign of good luck. The Khomisa finds it’s origins in the form of a salutation; that is when someone raises their hand to say hello to a friend. It is often said that when one raises their hand in a welcoming gesture it also functions as a kind of protection from his eyes and that is why there is an eye in the middle of every Khmisa.


Elegant jewelry and other exquisite items bearing the Khomisa can be found from stalls around the Jemaa al-Fna and the Artiste Ensamble so you can bring home a piece of Moroccan good luck and protection back home. Alternatively, why not head to Henna Cafe and ask for a Henna Khomisa so that you can wear this beautiful symbol throughout your stay?

The newly refurbished Berber museum is a fantastic resource cataloguing the essentials of domestic life, clothing and jewellery with all regions of Morocco represented. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and lit and have rightly received rave reviews. Many thanks to Sarah Corbett

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for the image above. Sarah is a renowned specialist in Berber Silver and runs tours for jewellery collectors in our Marrakech Riads. This small ‘must see’ museum is located within the Majorelle Gardens in the Marrakech New town of Guiliez and the exterior is painted distinctive Majorelle blue.

Renowned Jewellery expert Sarah Corbett is leading her latest five day shopping trip based at Riad Papillon starting on 31st January 2012.   Sarah’s comprehensive Itinerary is as follows:

Arrival Day … A driver will be waiting for you on arrival at Menara Airport Marrakech.
Transfer to your beautiful Riad, Riad Papillon.
time to explore or to relax following your flight.
A delicious 3 course  evening meal cooked at your riad dining beneath the stars!

Second day…A morning of guided jewellery shopping in Marrakech, with Moroccan jewellery expert Sarah Corbett on hand to help and advise.
Lunch in the Medina
Afternoon activites a caleche tour of Marrakech or A Traditional Hammam
Evening Meal at one of Marrakechs’ top eateries.

Third Day …A morning of guided jewellery shopping with Moroccan jewellery expert Sarah Corbett, within the Medina, visiting trusted dealers with exceptional stock.
Lunch in Gueliz (French Quarter of Marrakech)
A visit to Samarcande, a veritable treasure house in the vibrant new town of Gueliz.
Henna evening for those who would like!
Meal in a restarant in the Medina.

Fourth Day ….free time for souk shopping or even more jewellery shopping if you feel the need!
or a visit to the Maison Tiskiwin a museum with an exceptional collection of jewellery.
A shopping trip to the Mellah area, with access to new production beads and Jewellery and many traditional jewellery components.
Lunch in the Medina
Afternoon of Jewellery shopping with Moroccan jewellery expert Sarah Corbett
An evening of show and tell, share tales of your purchase ( and of the ones that got away!) over a feast at your riad.

Departure day …Free time and transfers to Airport.

The holiday is outstanding value at £650 per person based on single occupancy of a luxury double room with en suite facilites. Be sure secure your place soon, Sarah’s November 2011 Jewellery trip sold out within days.

Reservations can be made through vividtrading.

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