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Moroccan pavilion a big draw
By a staff reporter February 03, 2013
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DUBAI: The Global Village is currently focusing on showcasing the cultural depth of nations through handcrafts, artisans and products prevalent to countries represented by its participant pavilions during its 2012-2013 season.

The Moroccan Pavilion at Global Village is one that retains its own characteristics and products quintessential to the country’s geographic location and art. Known for its Islamic architecture and mosaic art, Morocco’s rich history has thrived on reinforcing its own architectural identity expressed in building designs across Fas, Marrakesh, Tanja and many other Moroccan towns and cities.

The Moroccan art signature has travelled the world and was inseparable from Europe’s renaissance.     

Home décor and accessories exhibited at the centre of the Moroccan Pavilion sample the country’s artisan and antique heritage of in-house architectural continuation.

Coloured glass lanterns, wall accessories, tables with small leather cushions made from carved real wood designs, mosaic pieces and vases are showcased to remind of Morocco’s fine arts and handcrafts.

All displayed to reinstate harmony, the pavilion showcases the famous Moroccan costumes. The Gallba and the Caftan come in their variants of colour and jacquard-like fabrics.

Threads of cotton weaved with silk, the high-end designs fashionably compose what is known as the ‘royal costume’ available in women’s cut as well as men’s.

Traditional look is incomplete without the comfy, genuine leather handmade Moroccan poufs.     

The Argan oil is an extract produced from the kernels of the Argan Tree, known as Argania Spinosa, which only grows in parts of Morocco. 

Rare and typical to the country, the oil is valued for its nutritive, cosmetics and medicinal properties. 

Historically, Berbers and Amazigh women have used the oil that contains anti-wrinkles properties for a long lasting youth.

This red coloured powder is referred to in colloquial as ‘deer’s blood.’ Mixed with Vaseline or henna, the powder extract from Moroccan poppy, gives natural colour and tone to hair, lips and cheekbones.

The reason behind the success of traditional Moroccan baths and spas can be traced to the type of soaps and oils used.

The international brand Azarou, displays a range of handmade soaps using one common Moroccan ingredients, Argan oil and a special type of clay which is also only found in parts of Morocco.

For green tea lovers, flavoured or purely traditional, the pavilion showcases a wide range of green tea. The added flavours can complement the green tea leaves and come ready in packs. Moroccan tea flavours include mint, thyme, Moroccan herbs, saffron, Jasmine, chamomile, liquorish and louisa (a famous herb in Morocco).

Before buying Moroccan tea, visitors can try some at the coffee shop situated inside the pavilion.  

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