Can't Stop the Music

This year’s new collection is inspired by Gnawa Music from Morocco.

Gnawa music is poetry in motion. 
It is transcendental, nostalgic, hypnotic and melodic. 

I first heard the music 10 years ago at "Jamaa el-Fna" while on vacation, in Morocco. I was transfixed. I am not sure why but it stayed with me and I knew I wanted to create something inspired by it. 

Gnawa music is characterized by traditional insrtuments. 
- Sintir or guembri-3 stringed percussive lute- played by Maâlem.

Maâlem Houssam Guinia is the son and successor of the late Maâlem Mahmoud Guinia- "Gnaoua Music Festival 2017"-Essaouira

Maâlem Houssam Guinia is the son and successor of the late Maâlem Mahmoud Guinia- "Gnaoua Music Festival 2017"-Essaouira

Yes I did meet him at the "Gnaoua Music Festival 2017"- yay me!

Yes I did meet him at the "Gnaoua Music Festival 2017"- yay me!

- Qraqeb-Large metal castanets
- Ganga-Drums

Gnawa musicians at opening ceremony of "Gnaoua Music Festival 2017"-Essaouira

Gnawa musicians at opening ceremony of "Gnaoua Music Festival 2017"-Essaouira

So for scarf collection, I incorporated aspects of the culture, musicians, their colorful gowns and caps covered with cowrie shells, the distinct sound of their instruments and the explosion of the rhythm.

MY PROCESS
I listen to the music all day in my studio and start drawing. The music puts me in a trance and inspired the series of drawings that make up this scarf collection and water colors.

COLORS: White, dark blue, pale blue, red, yellow, Green and black are distinctive to the culture. I wanted the colors of the collection to be soothing, comforting yet sophisticated so I incorporated beige, soft rose, browns.

THE COLLECTION:

Gnawa LILA- 3 color ways:  100% Wool
Inspired by dance movements, rhythm and the embroidered flowers and cowries shells that adorn the belts and hats the musicians wear.
 

GNAWA LILA WATER COLOR

GNAWA LILA WATER COLOR

GNAWA LILA-3 COLORS

GNAWA LILA-3 COLORS

Gnawa MELK- 3 color ways: 100% Wool
the artwork for this print is an abstract play on Gnawa culture. I reference the night long music session, including the rhythm, instruments and symbols.

Gnawa Melk Water Color

Gnawa Melk Water Color

Gnawa Melk-3 colors

Gnawa Melk-3 colors

Gnawa JADBA- 3 colors ways: 100% Wool
An ode to the swooping dance moves, the way the music transports you, the final crescendos

Gnawa Jadba water color

Gnawa Jadba water color

Gnawa Jadba-3 colors-100% Wool

Gnawa Jadba-3 colors-100% Wool

Gnawa Mâalem-2 colors;  MAALEM- ode to master musician

Gnawa Maâlem water color

Gnawa Maâlem water color

Gnawa Maâllem-2 colors- 100% Linen

Gnawa Maâllem-2 colors- 100% Linen

Gnawa Fleur- 2 colors -100% Linen inspired by embroidered flowers on musicians clothing

Gnawa Fleur Water Color

Gnawa Fleur Water Color

Gnawa Fleur- 2 colors-100% Linen

Gnawa Fleur- 2 colors-100% Linen

My hope is that these scarves bring you the same sense of comfort, elegance and beauty as they do for me.

xx,

Zainab