• Carpet weaving workshop at the Riad Ma Bonne Etoile, Morocco •
Share meaningful moments with the craft women
With help and training from our weavers working in a women cooperative in the Old M'Hamid village, you will weave a small rug and take it home with you.
Day 1: Arrival in Ouarzazate. Night in a hotel (for late arrivals).
Day 2: Travel from Ouarzazate to the Riad through the magnificent Drââ Valley. Settling down in the Riad and discovery of the surrounding area and people.
Days 3 to 6: Workshop days.
The yarn, either animal or vegetal, is carefully selected, washed, spun and finally dyed with natural pigmentation.
The wooden or metallic weaving looms have wire warps and the warp beams are wooden with a rectangular base.
Weaving on these looms produces in rugs with fringes on one side only. The weft is a natural woolen yarn, and patterns are created by using tie-dyed wool. The patterns are knot-free as all the yarn threads are reed-threaded and combed with a heavy duty reed, which allows you to weave very tightly.
Because your rug can be removed from the weaving frame, you will be able to carry your rug with you and continue working on it whenever you want.
As the rugs are made from old clothes, it is possible to come with your own to make your own rug.
Day 7: Conclusion of the workshop in the morning. Return trip to Ouarzazate in the afternoon. Night in a hotel.
Day 8: Return flight (or travel to Marrakech)
During the workshop, you will have time for wandering around the sand dunes, relax around the swimming-pool, go to the hammam, walk into the palm grove…or just do nothing.
All year round (but too hot during summer months)
The Riad Ma Bonne Etoile is located close to the desert in the village of Ouled Driss, 250 km South of Ouarzazate (450 km South of Marrakech).
The Riad has been renovated using local materials is ideally located between palm trees and desert.
7 days/ 7 nights (smaller or longer workshops are possible)
You will be accommodated in a comfortable guest house in the Riad « Ma
Bonne Etoile ». Rooms with private bathroom, dining room, living-room, terrace, swimming pool, palm grove and a magnificent sunset!
This price includes:
- Full board accommodation
- 2 nights in a hotel,
- The workshop (about 2 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the afternoon),
- 2 way Transfer from Ouarzazate/ Ouled Driss
- Membership fees
Do not include:
- Drinks between meals
- Visit of the kasbah of Ouled Driss (2 €)
- Additional local transport
- Hammam (2 € + massage: 5 €)
Good to know
The Riad Ma Bonne Etoile donates 5% of their benefits to the local association Intilak who works in the areas of social, health, education, environment and culture in M'Hamid’s village, especially for women and children.
" Une très belle semaine de partage, tissage et cuisine en compagnie de l'équipe du Riad ma Bonne Etoile et de Maryam (pour le tapis). Une très belle parenthèse, avec un accueil et une gentillesse de tous les instants de toutes les personnes rencontrées. Roselyne, Khadija et Brahim ont été aux petits soins avec moi et je me suis sentie "comme à la maison" dès le premier jour. Les séances de tissage avec Maryam m'ont permis bien entendu de revenir avec 2 beaux tapis (j'ai préféré des petits formats, nous avons donc eu le temps d'en faire 2), et de partager avec elle et sa famille pleins de beaux moments d'échanges. "
Mathilde Le 25/04/2022
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