Standing in the traditional market of marrakesh, Morocco’s largest ancient city, a question suddenly came to my mind: were these colorful handicrafts made for free in China?
& have spent To be honest, I don’t need to praise yiwu’s small goods, but it really has a skill, can cross the sea and desert, sold to every corner of the world. When I travel to Europe, the south Pacific, South Asia and other places, I often come across some interesting “local souvenirs” that are Made in China. Some of them are even “Made in Yiwu”. Although they are not common, I am surprised once.
Can not help but sigh, cross the sea to the other side of the earth, the result spent a high price to buy back “Chinese specialty”. So I couldn’t help but wonder when the traditional market in marrakesh featured a wide variety of handicrafts.
But when it comes to handicrafts, Moroccan artisan art has a long history. Traditional crafts range from stone, gold and silver, fabrics, leather, wood, pottery or porcelain, iron and brass.
Fabric is one of Morocco’s oldest traditional crafts, the general products are robes, tablecloths, blankets and so on. The most famous is Rabat carpet, famous for producing the most exquisite Oriental carpet, it is one of the most expensive carpets in the world, usually exported to Europe. There are marrakech markets, of course, but they are not cheap.
But whether the leather goods are the best in marrakech or fez, I can’t be sure for a moment. Marrakesh is famous for its leather goods, but the old leather dyeing house is in the ancient city of fez, a world heritage site.
But certainly, the woodwork in marrakesh, including in azruz, a rock town south of the ancient city of mekness, is very good, and it’s usually done with furniture. Visitors have little room to choose from, and if they stay in a fancy hotel, the carpentry will show. But on the carpets of the market, there will be some wood carvings, such as camels, some primitive African totems.
But what I like most are the China plates, which are colorful and painted with various patterns of plants. They look very delicate from a distance. If you look closely, you need to “pick up a leak”, like a treasure hunt in a pile of ordinary objects. The port city of safi on the western Atlantic coast is known as the pottery capital of the world. But whether the colorful China plates hanging in these stores are actually from safi is unknown. I just hope they are not made in yiwu.
Although I come from a ceramic country in the ancient east, I look like a kid who has never seen the market in marrakesh. My love for the market is just like my worship of the museum. There is no distinction between the market and the elegant. The historical secrets hundreds of years ago and thousands of years ago make me keep exploring.
I couldn’t resist buying several plates, including pottery POTS and some other porcelain products. What they didn’t realize was that the Moroccan blacksmith (including the coppersmith) was surprisingly romantic, creating the illusion and magic of a world of magic lamps. In the market, have a lot of small shop of lamps and lanterns, in narrow and long, the light does not calculate sufficient alley between, the blaze of lamps and lanterns makes a person return a dream.
Metal and brass products are used for a variety of protective, artistic, and decorative grids and household items such as lamps, candlesticks, small tables, chairs, and various decorative items, the most common of which is lamps.
Although the lamps and lanterns of some Morocco is made by sapphire, ruby, emerald, amethyst and topaz coloured glass, also have popular the lamps and lanterns that a few furs of color use henna point to, but the lamps and lanterns that copper iron makes especially extensive. Whether it’s a candle or a wire, the dreamy light shines into your eyes like a Moroccan moon.
There is no doubt that I bought two lamps of small size. In order to get them at a low price, I started a fierce bargaining mode with the Arab vendor. As I was too aggressive in bargaining, the Arab vendor smiled at me and I was strong.
I felt like I was being laughed at mercilessly, but it didn’t matter. My mood wasn’t affected.
Stroll through the streets of the market and you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish in the air, whether it’s handicrafts, architecture or eating habits that create the illusion that this is not just the Arab world.
In the ancient city with a history of more than 900 years, the market is “painted” with colorful tourist commodities. Under the horseshoe-shaped arch, tourists from all over the world gather to look around and see, and only the Chinese are likely to wonder if something here is made in yiwu. & have spent