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Moroccan Craftsmanship: An Unforgettable Journey Through the Art of Metalwork

by nizar ennabil on July 30, 2023

Unearthing the Roots of Moroccan Metal Art

Dinanderie: Elegance in Copper

The hustle and bustle of Marrakech and Fès led me to the heart of dinanderie. Here, I watched the raw power of artisans as they hammered and heated sheets of copper, whether red or yellow, into objects of practical beauty. Each piece, an embodiment of force, agility, and precision, was further personalized with a maker's mark.

Maillechort: The Silver Illusion

While exploring, I found it nearly impossible to tell ruolz, maillechort, and silver apart. Ruolz, with only an exterior silver layer, and maillechort, a blend of copper, zinc, and nickel, both resembled silver's white radiance. With time, I discovered that the quality of maillechort was determined by its nickel content, a specialty of Marrakech and Fès.

Ironwork: Tradition in Transformation

The metropolises of Fès, Meknès, and Marrakech exhibited an increasing appreciation for iron. I observed the seamless transition from intricate moucharabiehs to iron pieces, less laborious yet equally stunning. Their elegant iron grills, adorning windows and balconies, were a testament to their homage to the Andalusian tradition.

Damasquinerie: Two Metals, One Art

The art of damasquinerie, prevalent in Meknès, was another intriguing discovery. Here, smooth or twisted threads of copper, silver, and gold were meticulously inlaid into iron, each creation more breathtaking than the last.

Jewelry: A Mix of Motifs

Jewelry, an essential part of Moroccan culture, surprised me with its diversity. City dwellers favored finely crafted gold or silver pieces, reminiscent of medieval Andalusia. In contrast, rural areas showcased austere silver designs, influenced by Spanish and African artistry. Together, they painted a rich picture of Morocco's cultural tapestry.

Armory: Silver in Service

In Taroudannt and Tiznit, I found silver serving a unique purpose. Used for crafting white weapons, it was especially impressive to see the koumiya, a curved dagger worn over traditional attire. Each piece, from its handle to sheath, bore meticulous silver or copper carvings, making it more of an accessory than a weapon.

From city to city, I discovered and curated an array of metal marvels, each carrying a piece of Moroccan history and craftsmanship for Tuyya.com. Experience the unfiltered narrative behind each item on our platform.