All of these vendors can be found in the marketplace. (Click the link then scroll down to the marketplace section!)
Moroccan Bling — Jessica Stephens is an artist who takes her inspiration from her beloved country of residence, Morocco. Abstract paintings, textile beads, and jewelry.
Choose one (or more!) of the following classes for your morning learning. You will need a subscription to Craftsy to take the classes. Please note: if you have a subscription, you do not need to purchase the class unless you want to. Simply click play on the video!
Ply to Knit: Spin the Yarn You Really Want with Jill Moreno
Explore the Region
First, please enjoy this documentary, Mustapha the Weaver, about Mustapha ElGhorami, whose work you can find in the festival marketplace.
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Bon Appetit: Gerard Depardieu’s Europe; Fez — Visit Morocco with famed foodie, Gerard Depardieu. Please note that this documentary shows the killing and processing of two pigeons and is very realistic about where meat comes from.
Boosting Antibiotics with Essential Oils — Moroccan scientist Adnane Remmal won the European Inventor of the Year Award with his blend of antibiotics and essential oils that improved the antibiotics’ efficacy.
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Rather than having a prerecorded cultural event, we had a live afternoon event with Irene Waggener, author of Keepers of the Sheep: Knitting in Morocco’s High Atlas and Beyond.
Unfortunately, Zoom only recorded the first 17 seconds of the event. I am terribly sorry for those who missed it. Irene did a wonderful job telling us about her experiences in Morocco. I encourage you to pick up a copy of Keepers of the Sheep through her link in the marketplace, as much of the information is available in the book.
For those who were unable to take part, I offer the following alternative entertainment:
We hope you enjoyed your day in Morocco!
Thank you for joining us for this adventure! See you again in 2022!