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Shopping In Marrakesh

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Along with the big souk (Arabic for “market”) close to the Djemaa El-Fna, there are several smaller souks around the city where a wide variety of things may be found. In most of them, you’ll have to haggle. Look for a broad variety of handcrafted candle-holding lanterns, as well as magnificent displays of local spices.

Most stores offer the same few things. However, if you go a bit farther out from El Fna, you will discover modest workshops staffed by true artisans producing handcrafted things. You will then be able to speak with the craftsmen who made the item you purchased. If you purchase shoes or clothing, you may get them altered. And there are a few shops that manufacture one-of-a-kind items that you won’t find anyplace else.

Argan oil, which is solely produced in Morocco, is utilized in Moroccan cookery as well as aesthetic treatments. If you appreciate its distinct nutty taste, look for it in the souks. Cooking oil costs about Dh 70 per 100 ml at your local supermarket, whereas real cosmetic oil costs over Dh 200.

Marrakech has a thriving tanning industry, and high-quality leather items may be purchased at a reasonable price. Camel leather products, such as coats, circular poufs, and purses, are very appealing.

Always ensure that there is no paper within the plate (sole in French) of the shoes since this is extremely frequent. Do not be deceived by demonstrations of how they bend the shoe and return it to its original place; test it yourself by feeling and hearing how the paper bends. You should not spend more than Dh 40 for a bad quality one and no more than Dh 90 for a decent one; look around and discover the difference between the two.

Items made of the native cactus silk, which is really rayon, a natural fabric formed of plant cellulose and manufactured in Morocco, would also be of interest. Rayon retains chemical dyes effectively, resulting in a brilliant variety of genuine colors (natural dyes cannot produce a “true” color). Scarves, purses, tablecloths, bedspreads, and blankets in vibrant hues are available. Some merchants attempt to demand a premium for this “cactus silk.” Check carefully since there are many fakes out there, and vendors will generally tell you any untruth to get you to pay a high amount.

Wander around the potters’ souk, looking for brilliantly colored platters and bowls, as well as tagines of various sizes.

With a little haggling, you can also get lovely cashmere scarves for less than a fiver.

If you don’t want to haggle, there are two government-run stores where you may purchase handicrafts at predetermined rates. Look for handmade boutiques. The first is near Djemaa El-Fna, while the second is in Ville Nouvelle.

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