During our Moroccan journey we just had to visit the Medina in Fez, the third largest city in Morocco. It's a trading hub - with a bit of a notorious reputation, specially for those who visit the Medina for the first time.
The Medina in Fez
Trying to get lost in the medina was one of our major goals. Which, by the way, is not a difficult task. It’s so much fun to lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of all the different markets, surrounded by all the sights, sounds and smells which almost overwhelm your senses.
|Tuareg and berber jewelry shop in the Medina in Fez - Morocco
Fez is very famous for it’s leather and pottery industry. But beware of the merchants, you have to bargain hard and I mean really hard. If you’ve hired an official guide to tour the medina, be aware that if you buy something, the merchant will have to pay commission to your guide. Obviously, this will be included in the price you are going to paying.
Tuareg jewelry in Morocco
I was very interested in Tuareg jewelry. The Tuareg are nomads of the Sahara. Much Tuareg art is in the form of jewelry, leather, metal saddle decorations called trik, and finely crafted swords.
|Tuareg jewelry in the Medina in Fez
The Inadan community makes traditional handicrafts. Among their products are: tanaghilt or zakkat (the 'Agadez Cross' or 'Croix d'Agadez'); the Tuareg Takoba, many gold and silver-made necklaces called 'Takaza'; and earrings called 'Tizabaten'. They are very intriguing.
|Esfera Necklace with Tuareg pendant from the Medina in Fez
Click on the picture to see more necklaces in my Esfera Etsy shop. The pendants listed here are sold.
|Esfera bracelet with Tuareg pendant from the Medina in Fez
And of course I couldn’t restrain myself. I absolutely had to buy some Tuareg pendants.
I created this necklace and bracelet with two of them.