Trait d’Union Solidarité Alsace
Snoop around this converted home of a local calligrapher and you might find Tinejdad-made crockery in the courtyard, sand-worn bracelets in the salon, and wonderful, well-patched nickel silver teapots in the kitchen. Located in downtown Tinejdad, 200m after the Shell station on the right.
At this set-price showroom on the main road at the eastern edge of town, ceremonial daggers range from Dh250 to Dh1200. On the wall is a collection of local styles, ranging from Tuareg (leather-handled, straight blade) to Aït Aitta (inlaid hilt, curved blade). It’s sometimes closed for lunch.
Aït Bououli Valley
Immediately below Aït Bououli’s trio of mimetic villages is a stone-walled community association with a sign pointing visitors toward the Aït Bououli women’s carpet-weaving cooperative.
Opposite the kasbah, glimpse women artisans at work on hanbels (woven carpets) and embroidered straw mats, and take one home at posted fixed prices of Dh550 to Dh1100 per sq metre.
State-run showrooms feature local stone carvings, inlaid daggers and embroidered linens.
Henna-painted pottery, hand-painted tea glasses, and silver filigree rings are sold at reasonable fixed prices, supporting Horizon’s programs to provide vocational training for handicapped adults and integrate disabled children and adults into the community. The association supports some 2500 people, including 53 permanent staff members.