Uqllu: Weaving Alpaca in the Andes

Uqllu: Weaving Alpaca in the Andes

12/17/13

Pan America Silver Corp is a mining company based in Vancouver, BC and Morococha, Peru.  Their social responsibility division created Uqllu, a company committed to showcasing Peruvian craftsmanship, providing additional economic opportunity for mining communities. Peruvian weavers are among the best in the world, and alpaca from the Andes Mountain region are revered. The alpaca is a crucial component of life in the Andes Mountains of South America.  The alpaca’s fleece produces a near...

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All Poufs Are Not Created Equal

All Poufs Are Not Created Equal

08/23/12

The pouf is so popular today that it would be easy to forget that a few years ago most people would say “what is a pouf?” The headless queen herself, Marie Antoinette, would not criticize you if you claimed it as an 18th century hairstyle. I received my first Moroccan pouf from dear friends in 2002. It was butter-soft ivory leather with lime green stitching. It has sat prominently in all my living rooms since. A reminder that age-old design never tires. These friends had moved to Marrakech....

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Win a Pouf (contest now closed)

Win a Pouf (contest now closed)

08/19/12

UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED. ALEX CAMPBELL HAS BEEN SELECTED AS THE LUCKY POUF WINNER! CLICK HERE TO SEE HER CURATED PINTEREST BOARD. CONGRATS ALEX! It’s a PINTEREST Contest! You could win a pouf! Here’s how to enter: 1. Like us on Facebook! 2. Create a Pinterest* board titled : “A Curated World – My Moroccan Home” 3. Add 10+ PINS of your dream, Moroccan-inspired room. 4. Repin this photo. 5. Hashtag #marrakech + #acuratedworld on each pin. 6. Submit BY 09/09. Share the link...

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The Perfect Summer Wrap

The Perfect Summer Wrap

06/20/12

I remember one year ‘it’ was a paper thin black t-shirt. More recently ‘it’ was a linen tank top dress with a drawstring empire waist. It’s a black maxi dress. It’s a pink silk-tiered skirt… the ‘it’ I am talking about is the one perfect stylish, comfortable, versatile, cool piece in every woman’s wardrobe that gets thrown on again and again all summer-long. This summer’s IT is a flowing tie-dyed pink and yellow cover up brought to us by Aya’s of Marrakech. I...

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The Story of Kif Kif

The Story of Kif Kif

05/22/12

I first visited Marrakech in 2009. I walked, talked, and shopped for 10 days – heaven found. I tend to wear all black, but I found myself drawn to the colorful necklaces, flaming embroidered pillows and bright leather clutches of one shop in particular, Kif Kif. Jump ahead to 2011. I am trying to find a ‘fixer’ in Marrakech, a person who can facilitate meeting all the needs of A Curated World. A woman named Stef was recommended several times. She “owns a shop called Kif Kif.” I...

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Shop Akkal

Shop Akkal

04/09/12

Akkal means clay in Berber. To me it just sounded like a lovely name of a company, something that rolled off the tongue, but as a pottery studio it made perfect sense. We met Charlotte Barkowski on our second day of filming in Marrakech. We started her interview at the parent showroom, Fenyadi, a lovely two story expansive shop in the industrial area outside Marrakech city proper known as Sidi Ghanem. It was lovely, but stark and white and could have been a showroom in any city. Things...

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Seeing Small, An Artist Profile

Seeing Small, An Artist Profile

03/25/12

Simon Sailot studied graphic design for five years in Paris at l’ESAG Penninghen, an experience he cherishes greatly. Following his studies, he decided some time abroad was the next logical step. He landed in Marrakech for what was supposed to be a short period of time. Ten years later, Sailot is still living in the Moroccan city, where he works as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. Being a graphic designer by trade, photography is a craft he developed to compliment his skills in...

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Coveting the Caftan

Coveting the Caftan

03/21/12

My obsession with caftans began several years ago when a friend generously gave one to me for a vacation I had planned. This was by far the most glamorous muumuu that my closet had ever seen and I wanted to wear it everyday, like a school uniform. I have since accumulated an impressive collection, usually picked up during my travels and deeply coveted like the souvenirs gifted to me during my childhood. The caftan has been akin to luxury since its emergence way back in the day. Usually made...

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Inspiration of the Taureg

Inspiration of the Taureg

03/13/12

Twenty years ago, the village of Umm Giras was as unremarkable as a thousand others along the southern reaches of the Sahara desert. It had a cluster of round huts built from wood and straw, a primary school with just one tin-roofed classroom, and an unusually elegant mosque, painted white, with its grounds shaded by acacia trees. The inhabitants were unremarkable too; not obviously different from most Sudanese. Although they described themselves as nomads, and there were a number of sleek...

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