Artisanal Collection

For the Gnawa Artisanal Collection, I was transported as I listened to the different songs whilst creating each piece by hand. I wanted to interpret the rhythm as it transports you through each piece. There are 10 pieces in the first collection and each one is named after a song that I feel is a reflection of the piece. 

I listened to the music all day and when I work; especially music by Mâalem Mahmoud Guinia, Mâalem Mohamed Kouyou and Hamid El Kasri. As well as interpreting the rhythm I used colors that are an intregral part of the Gnawa Culture.

I use sustainable and locally sourced yarns for the artisanal collection. All items are handmade.
If you are interested in purchasing a custom piece, please contact me.


Allal Cropped Top

Sleeveless cropped top with negative spaces in front and back. Entire piece made by hand using coiling technique. Piece is an Improvisation and interpretation of the rhythm of popular Gnawa song allal.

Black cotton cord, 100% black and red wool yarn cowrie shells

 

Boulilla Denim Vest

Vintage denim enveloped in yarn using coiling technique. This piece improvises the repetitive nature of the melodic tune of the song Bouilla.

Vintage denim jacket, Cotton cord, 100% wool yarn cowrie shells

 

Bourya Boury Black Denim Jacket

Repurposed black denim Jacket highlighting the nowness of Gnawa culture and music.
The design is as simple as the song with a subtle movement of the rhythm interepreted with vintage gold pearls. Entirely created by hand using "Twining" technique. Used vintage gold and black yarn to depict yellow, spirit of femininity.

Vintage denim jacket, Black wool yarn, black/gold wool yarn, yellow wool yarn as spokes pearls, cowrie shells, crystals for buttons

 

 

Chbakrou Cape

Gold and yellow wool yarn, multiple shades of green wool yarn, mixed yellow green yarn. Cowrie shells and swarovski crystals

Gold and yellow wool yarn, multiple shades of green wool yarn, mixed yellow green yarn. Cowrie shells and crystals

 

Ed Zalba Leather Jacket

Repurposed handmade vintage jacket. This vest is the song; it is youthful, hypnotic; coiled attachments and top stitching interpret subtle movement of rythm. Colors of blue and green depict the spirits of the sea and nature.

Vintage leather Jacket, black cotton cord, wool yarn-blue, green and black(shoulders) mixed color for top stitching; cowrie shells for buttons

 

Foundgoro Vest

Handmade using coiling and twining techniques, this vest is an improvisation of the continuous chants of song the melodic flow, the quavering pitch play, the entertwining of the rythm of the "Guembri and the Krakeb"

Cotton cord, Wool and cotton yarn

 

Maymouna Blue Vest

Blue, the color of the spirit of the sea and the sky, healing, calming and comforting. This handmade vest is the song, it is tonic, the blues, the wavering pitch-play is shown by the blue coiling"

Cotton Cord, Blue Yarn; Cowrie shells

 

Toukolila Grey Vest

Entirely handmade, this long sleeveless vest with rhythmic flow depicts the essence of Gnawa music and culture.
Regal, poised and experienced. movement and flow of music travels through the coiled red yarn around neckline

Grey wool Yarn, Cotton cord, Dark Green wool yarn, Cotton Yarn
Cowrie shells 

 

Ya Moulana Red Vest

The intoxicating sound of the Guembri, the hynotic rhythm of the Krakeb travels the length of this piece; Repetitive, slow at first and then explosion.
Red is power, it is sedate, classic and alluring

Red cotton Cord, Shades of red yarn in wool and cashmere. Cowrie Shells

 

Youbadi Black Coat

This longsleeve "Twinned" piece is quiet, regal and like the music I wanted to create something that just pulls you in, envelopes you and make you stop.

Black, black/gold cotton yarn, black/gold wool yarn. Black yarn, Cowrie shells

 

I use sustainable and locally sourced yarns for the artisanal collection. All items are handmade.
If you are interested in purchasing a custom piece, please contact me.