The Kaftan: Culture to Culture
A Photography and Art Installation
By Kamal Zeghari and Nassim Benkirane
Opening: Saturday, March 27 at 6 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fez Medina
Inside every Moroccan house, the matriarch keeps some antique kaftans that remind her of her youth and her marriage. In this installation, we present some extraordinary kaftans that we photographed in remarkable settings in Fez that have witnessed the transitions between generations.
The city of Fez, from the beginning of the 13th century (around 600 Hijri – the Islamic calendar), was renowned for its textile factories, with 3,046 textile factories at one time.
The word “kaftan” in Morocco is commonly used to mean “one-piece dress.” Alternative two-piece versions of Moroccan kaftans are called “takchita.” The takchita is also known as “mansouria,” which derives from the name of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, who set the trend of wearing a two-piece kaftan.
Historically, there are many versions of the Moroccan kaftan, which varied depending on the cities: Tetouan, Fez, Rabat, Sale and Marrakech each had their own styles. Kaftans were made of brocade, velvet, silk, and many other fabrics. They can still be worn on both casual and formal occasions, depending on the materials used. Today in Morocco, kaftans are mostly worn by women for special ceremonies such as marriages, circumcisions, and Eid festivities. The traditions of the kaftan are still thriving in modern society just as strongly as when they were born centuries ago.
In this installation, we offer participants the opportunity to explore the journey of the kaftan in its various incarnations, and to draw their own conclusions regarding its forthcoming transformations.
Space is limited
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TRIP TO THE SAHARA
Friday, February 7th 2020
ALIF is sponsoring a trip to the beautiful dunes of Southern Morocco!
We will depart from ALIF at 12:30 pm on Friday and arrive in Erfoud around 8 pm to spend the night in Hotel Chegui with a buffet dinner, music and swimming.
After a relaxing morning swim and breakfast, we will head for the dunes, arriving at Kasbat Said one hour later where a lunch will be served.
In late afternoon, we will ride camels on an overnight trek to the oasis to watch the sunset on Saturday night. We’ll leave Merzouga early Sunday morning after breakfast and should be back in Fez by 7:30 pm
The cost for this excursion, including all transportation, meals and hotel expenses is 1400 dh including camels.
We will have a very short MANDATORY orientation meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6th, at 12:45 in room 1 to discuss the itineraries and what to bring.
PLEASE SIGN UP on the board in the garden by Wednesday 5th at 6 PM
Fez Creative Women’s Circle: Giving Value to our Work
Saturday, February 1 at 3:30 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina
Please join us if you have ANY creative pursuit or career which you feel you would like support and fellowship in. The creative process can be a lonely one, and we want to offer a space for you to share your work, find encouragement, and seek personal and professional growth.
Photography Club: Fine Art Photography Workshop with Nicol Vizioli
Sunday, February 2 at 3:30 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina
Nicol Vizioli is an Italian artist whose practice is mainly based on photography. Coming from a fine art background her work draws upon many different influences: the natural and animal world, mythology, literature and finally painting. Her photographic work is the convergence point, a visual realization of these imaginary worlds. With the same principles, Nicol is also exploring different media, and she is currently working on her second film project. After a degree in Cinema she moved to London, where she graduated from MA Photography at University of The Arts London, with first class honors in 2011.
Lecture by Zora O’Neill, Author of “All Strangers Are Kin”
Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 PM in Room 30
Zora O’Neill will speak about her experiences traveling and studying Arabic in Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon and Morocco, and talk more generally on the benefits of learning new languages, whether to fluency or just a few words.
Ms. O’Neill is an American travel writer based in New York City. She is the author of the award-winning travel memoir “All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World,” and has written dozens of guidebooks, as well as articles for The New York Times, Travel & Leisure and other major publications.