Here's another one of my Moroccan tops, from Fez:
I like playing with combinations of colours. The intense silk red of
my last post combines very well with my
sage-green Moroccan shirt:
I said that the decoration on the front of my turquoise shirt
is called the Moroccan Cross. Here's another example, this time in white on
Like the turquoise shirt, I bought this one in 2009. Despite almost daily wear during some summers, it's survived almost unscathed. The main wear is that the collar folds over, obscuring some of the decoration.
This is a very unusual pair of qandrissi. They're a kind of turquoise, but the weave
contains some orange cross-threads. It's also very open. Although the
trousers initially were very good against the wind, some threads
tended to fibrate apart in the way that worn shoelaces do. This happened
particularly on the pockets, which is why they've been bound with ribbon. My thanks
to Carole Duma for doing this.
This is a maroon crushed-velvet qandrissi, the same shape as the orange one shown under
"Morocco Brought Me Colour: Orange". Both photos are from the same day, an Oxford May Morning. Or at least, the first
one is May Morning. The second is May Afternoon, when I and the photographer were riding
on the model railway in Cutteslowe Park. I'm also wearing the turquoise shirt. My tailor made the trousers to my request, so like some of my others, they're full-length.
Here's that turquoise Moroccan shirt again, worn with a purple satin sarouel.
Another pair of vivid colours that go very well together. The sarouel was
made to my design by my tailor in Tangier, so isn't quite like a conventional qandrissi. It's
full-length, and the "crotch" is the lower edge of the trousers, with two elasticated
holes for my ankles. Unlike the "hippie" versions that I've mentioned before, this
is carefully tailored, with pleats, belt loops, proper pockets, and a fly.
The two photos below show a turquoise Moroccan shirt. I bought it in 2009 — the
first shirt, in fact, that I bought from "Fez" — and 8½ years later, it's still
almost as good as new. The zip jammed and had to be replaced, and a few of the black and blue
bobbles near the neck have been lost, but that's all.
Notice the elaborate decoration. This, I've been told, is called the "Moroccan cross". There'll
be other examples in future posts.