Crafts


In Morocco, certain works of handicraft, such as those of leather, wood, or copper, were common to Jews and Moslems, whereas others, such as weaving, often with golden threads, jewelry, and tailoring, were solely exercised by Jews.

Craftsmen gathered into guilds, in order to protect their trade, while leading at the same time religious and social activities.

The most often cited example is that of Rabbi Yehoud Ben Attar who exercised the trade of jeweler, in order not to depend upon the community.


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Embroidery with dragons motives. 18th century, Azemmour.

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Talit bag. 1943, South Morocco. White leather on green leather, with inscription "Saadia Amiel".

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Thorah arch doors. Beginning 20th, Fès. Carved wood, with inscription to the name of Aïcha Fadida.

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Sabbath candlesticks. 20th century. Brass.

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Bird medallion. 19th century, Mogador. Silver, filigree, fine mother of pearl and semi-precious stones.

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