During our pre-departure session a student asked about proper attire for our trip. We were assured that, as tourists, we would not be offensive wearing popular American clothing. Morocco is known for being tourist friendly and quite tolerant. But I was intrigued. I wanted to learn more about traditional Moroccan clothing and footwear.
In videos I noticed that it is common for men to wear djellaba. These loose fitting garments are usually made of lightweight fabric or wool. Djellabas have long sleeves and a hood. The look is complete with a fez, which is a small red hat with a tassel attached to the top. My husband has already requested one.
The village women often wear haiks. However, my favorite is the caftan which is a beautifully ornate robe decorated with embroidery. These garments are typically worn for special occasions like weddings.
Like most ladies I have a shoe fetish. So it was no surprise that my ears perked up a bit when Kenza showed us a pair of babouches at our pre- departure session. These shoes are made of brightly colored leather. I was captivated by these cuties. I learned that they are usually handmade of leather from the local tanneries. The dyeing process is quite interesting. It involves soaking a hide in diluted acidic pigeon excrement then soaked in vegetable dyes.
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