Some years ago, while strolling through PLACE Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakesh, I heard the most incredible music. I followed the hypnotic, rhythmic sound through the bustling square to a troupe of musicians. I couldn’t get the music out of my head. So I went back the next day, and the day after that, to hear the Gnawa MUsICIANS play.
Originally brought to Morocco as slaves, the Gnawa people held onto their musical heritage and are now celebrated nationwide for their songs. They are sought after for their lilas, all night performances to bless and rid people’s homes of evil spirits.
The haunting, trance-like music inspired me to create a series of drawings that led to this scarf collection. Printed on 100% Italian wool and linen, these scarves are as soft as they are elegant, and combine the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. I hope each piece conjures the faint melody of a faraway place for each wearer.
The movements, color, texture, traditional fashion of the Gnawa culture are also enveloped in the textile design of the collection.