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Jemma el Fna

 Heightening all your senses, Jemma el Fna has to be one of the most vibrant places on earth. By day, it’s a colourful, sun-baked hustle bustle, by night equally raucous and lit up to ethereal and magical effect. It’s impossible not to feel the thrill of being alive here, in the beating heart of the city, with snakes being charmed by your feet and the hypnotic call to prayer emanating from the mosque five times a day.
If you’re overwhelmed by all the places to eat in the square – of course you must eat al fresco – stall number one is a great option with deliciously oiled fried aubergine and kebabs. The hectic atmosphere is part and parcel of the whole experience. Expect the odd exploding lightbulb and powercut as  you tuck into your authentic fare.

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Jemma el Fna square. Photo by iStock.
The best bit by far is the array of characters you’ll come across – henna artists, belly-dancers, storytellers, drummers jiggling their Fez caps, clusters of children and even medieval-style dentists showing off their pliers and piles of teeth. Competing for the attention of tourists, these individuals will ply you with everything under the sun, from entire cobra skins to the classic money photo opportunity, and that’s even before heading into the unnavigable and heady maze of the souks off the Medina. But regardless of their enterprising intentions, there is a real sense of curiosity and warmth.

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Snake Charmers in Jemma el Fna Square. Photo by iStock.
The Moroccan artist, Abdelaziz Haounati is an expert at capturing these unique Moroccan personas. Leaving home at age 15 to embark on a career as an artist, Abdelaziz began to create work using a palette of vivid colours in lively compositions. Focussing on painting portraits filled with emotion and expression, he uses Morocco’s quirky street characters as his subjects, producing powerful pieces that bring to life their personalities and moods.

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Artist Abdelaziz Haounati, Morocco. Photo by Abdelaziz.

Abdelaziz Haounati

We have collaborated with Abdelaziz to produce an exclusive set of three large silk scarves, featuring his paintings: Snake Charmer, Tea and Cigarette. The rich and vibrant colours are beautifully displayed on a 100% crepe silk. Head over to the Shop to see the full range of scarves, or read more about Abdelaziz and the inspiration behind his work.

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