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Textiles of Morocco

7 - 21 May & 1 - 15 September 2022

15 days from £3,995pp

Explore the traditional Amazigh (Berber) crafts of Morocco as we travel along ancient trade routes and through colourful cities, embracing the weavers, embroiders and craftspeople practicing traditional techniques and lifestyles throughout this wonderful country.
  • Enjoy inspirational hand-sewing workshops with our expert
  • Pick up some wonderful handmade mementos in the souks of old Medina in Marrakech
  • Explore the stunning ‘blue city’ of Chefchaouen
  • Follow the ancient trade routes across the High Atlas Mountains Tizi’n’Tichka Pass to the Sahara
  • Visit the Imperial City of Fes and the capital, Rabat
  • Visit the exquisite new Yves Saint Laurent museum and the Berber Museum
  • Take part in an eco-dyeing workshop in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Enjoy traditional craft demonstrations with Moroccan artisans

Perfect for Textile Lovers

Uniquely created for textile lovers, this Stitchtopia textile holiday is the perfect way to discover fascinating fabrics and cultures, whilst travelling to some of the world’s most inspiring places. Our talented stitching expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host creative workshops with beautifully designed projects inspired by your travels.

Textiles of Morocco

Discover the highlights of Morocco, the indigenous Amazigh/Berber culture and extraordinary textile traditions on this fascinating tour.

We’ll visit women’s cooperatives that combine age-old skills with new innovations. In Marrakesh we'll enjoy the exquisite Yves Saint Laurent museum featuring his fashion designs as well as the Berber Museum that houses the Moroccan textiles and jewellery that inspired his work.

Following the ancient trade routes across the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara we find weavers of carpet and cloth and traditional embroiderers in these remote locations, where they still employ their skills and maintain their traditional lifestyle. Add to this the Imperial city of Fez, the ‘blue city’ of Chefchaouen and the capital Rabat.

The tour includes hands-on experiences and demonstrations with local artisans as well as hand-sewing workshops with our accompanying textile expert.

Hand-stitching with Karin Hellaby

Karin will be inspiring you with a scroll project to encourage you to keep a fabric diary during this tour. The workshops will be one- or two-hour slots every few days where techniques will be shown to use on your fabric. We will look at designs drawn from window ironwork, vases, tiles, carpets, geographical sights, place names etc. You may also wish to add items which can be sewn in or trapped with sheer fabrics. The scroll will be an interesting graphic memento of a tour into parts of Morocco not often on the tourist trail.

Workshops with Pat Archibald
Our hand-sewing project will be based on the colours of Morocco and will take inspiration from the landscape, architecture and patterning that we will see on the tour.

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Riad Ksar Ighnda, Ait Ben Haddou

★★★

A luxury hotel built to blend with the unique Amazigh (Berber) environment, the surrounding village and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ksar Ait Ben Addou. 

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Enjoy the following facilities at this hotel: 
  • Garden
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Boutique
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free WIFI 
  • Gym
  • Spa with hammam, hot tub, jacuzzi and sauna
Room Facilities & Amenities
Bedrooms offer impressive views of the surrounding desert and mountains. Traditional craft decorations are combined with modern conveniences including air conditioning and flat screen TV. 

Riad Madu, Erg Chebbi Sahara

★★★★★

A superb guesthouse set on the edge of the Erg Chebbi dunes in the village of Hassel Bied, the perfect location from which to explore the Sahara. 

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Enjoy the following facilities at this hotel: 
  • Garden
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Room Facilities & Amenities
The spacious bedrooms provide a cool retreat from the surrounding desert and come equipped with free WIFI. 

Riad Salem, Fes

★★★★★

This beautifully restored traditional riad located in the Old Medina showcases the work of the best Fes artisans and offers panoramic views of Fes and the surrounding mountains. 

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Enjoy the following facilities at this hotel: 
  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pools
  • Hammam 
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
Room Facilities & Amenities
The sumptuous rooms feature traditional carved cedar wood ceilings, intricate mosaic and stucco decoration and come equipped with air conditioning, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, hair dryer.

Dar El Kebira Salam, Rabat

★★★★

Located in the Old Medina and close to Kasbah des Oudayas, Dar El Kebira Salam is a jewel of Arab-Andalusian architecture completely restored and refurbished with all modern comforts.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Enjoy the following facilities at this hotel: 
  • Outdoor swimming pool 
  • Lift 
  • Restaurant
  • Hammam
  • Spa 
Room Facilities & Amenities
The elegantly restored bedrooms come equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, Free WIFI, safe, hair dryer and bottled water.

Dar Baraka & Karam, Marrakech

★★★★

A beautifully restored 17th century riad with chic, comfortable rooms that overlook fountain courtyards and a roof top terrace with views across the Old Medina.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Enjoy the following facilities at this hotel:
  • Free WIFI
  • Traditional hammam
  • Massage
  • Restaurant
  • Shared lounge/TV area
Room Facilities & Amenities
The elegant rooms feature a brilliant fusion of traditional and contemporary décor and come equipped with air conditioning, bottled water, hairdryer and safe. 

Riad El Yacout

★★★★

This traditional, formally residential home has been carefully restored to provide hospitable and comfortable accommodation which is ideally situated in the heart of the Medina. Guests can enjoy use of the restaurant, spa and hamman.

Room Facilities & Amenities
The comfortable and cosy standard rooms are individually decorated to exude Moroccan tradition and charm and come equipped with satellite TV, air conditioning, hairdryer and telephone.

Da Echchaouen, Chefchaouen

★★★★

Echchaouen is ideally located close to Chefchaouen’s Medina and decorated in traditional Moroccan style. Guests can enjoy use of the restaurant, garden and swimming pool.

Room Facilities & Amenities
Bedrooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan style and come equipped with free wifi and air conditioning. Bathrooms are with shower and tadelakt tiles, a unique waterproof plaster finish originally used by Moroccan Berbers.