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.
- Qraqeb-Large metal castanets
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.
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.
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 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 JADBA- 3 colors ways: 100% Wool
An ode to the swooping dance moves, the way the music transports you, the final crescendos
Gnawa Mâalem-2 colors; MAALEM- ode to master musician
Gnawa Fleur- 2 colors -100% Linen inspired by embroidered flowers on musicians clothing
My hope is that these scarves bring you the same sense of comfort, elegance and beauty as they do for me.