Morocco’s Silver Lining.
While down in the south Massa region in Morocco I couldn’t resist visiting the pretty little town of Tiznit.
This town has a reputation all over Morocco as being the home of the best jewellery artisans in the whole of Morocco. Geographically this town lies on a plain between the high Atlas mountains and the lower mountain range of the Anti Atlas slightly inland from the coast. It appears that this area is rich in silver deposits and has had a long history of mining precious metals since the time of the Phoeonicians. Now with the advancements in technology this area has made Morocco a competitor in the global silver markets.
We were introduced to some of Tiznit’s finest artisans who showed us many of their traditional techniques in manipulating the strands of silver into complex jewellery pieces. Everything here is made by hand. This delicate work can take sometime to produce. In this atelier they work for just two hours, and then take long breaks to insure to rest their eyes.
A lot of these jewellery pieces are made as dowry gifts that are worn during Moroccan weddings. But many find their way into the street markets in the big European cities. Being bought by people who never really value the effort and skills that has gone into the production of the seemingly simplest piece.