FIFTY SHADES OF GREEN
Like so many Moroccan crafts and products, the distinctive style, design and technique of the Tamegroute pottery is embedded in practical neccesity, out of which a distinctive aesthetic has developed.
These ceramics are from a single village in Morocco and their tactile designs full of beautiful inconsistencies have put them on the agenda of all intrepid designers scouring the souks.
The colour and texture is a result of the particular alchemy created by the potters of Tamegrout – a small village in the Draa Valley of Southern Morocco – and remains a family affair handed down the generations.
Sitting on the edge of the Sahara, the characteristic green colour comes from the particular combination of the clay from the Draa River bed ,the composition of the glaze and a single firing process.
Like so many things in Morocco, basic utilitarian objects become a thing of beauty, and a traditional craft is kept alive and remains a vibrant part of the culture.
During the past year makers and merchants of Morocco who rely heavily on tourism for an income have been hit hard – with this in mind a few people came up with the collaborative idea of HELP LOCAL WITH LOVE
Based between Morocco, Belgium and the Netherlands, they have teamed up to provide an online platform for artisans who have been cut off from their market. You can read more about the ideas and the people behind the project HERE
The team of Help Local with Love are working with a few of the Tamegroute artisans directly – you can shop for tamegroute online or get in touch for made to order items. Working through sites like this you know that the makers of these beautiful pieces of ceramics are benefitting directly from each purchase.