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Textielreizen onder begeleiding van Jess Stephens

Deze buitengewone reis door het noorden van Marokko wordt begeleid door artieste Jess Stephens. Zij is al jaren woonachtig in Marokko en directeur van Culture Vultures Fes. Ook opende zij onlangs het “Museum of Culturalism” in het kleine dorpje Sefrou. In het voor- en najaar organiseert zij samen met Dades Reizen buitengewone textielreizen.

Tijdens deze bijzondere textielreizen door het noorden van Marokko zul je in contact komen met de bewaarders van een eeuwenoud, noord-Afrikaans vakmanschap. We nemen je mee vanuit Tanger door de bergen voorbij Fes naar het kleine markt-plaatsje Sefrou. Het programma heeft een grote sociale impact. Deze reis is op je lijf geschreven als je nieuwsgierig bent naar oude ambachten en handwerk.
Reis dieper dan het decor van de duizelingwekkende soeks. Wentel je door de straatjes van de medina. Kijk achter de gordijnen, klim de trap op naar boven en piep door de kieren van de op-kamertjes. Hier brengen we je in contact met tal van interessante personages, die hun best doen de traditionele Marokkaanse textielkunsten te bewaren. Onder deze bijzondere mensen zitten zowel tapijten-makers, wolspinners, borduursters, wevers en kleermakers, alsook andere mensen die op een bijzondere manier bijdragen aan het behoud van het  Marokkaanse vakmanschap.

De reis is gevuld met persoonlijke ontmoetingen en diepzinnige voordrachten. Neem deel aan de workshops waarbij je je handen uit je mouwen moet steken. Ontdek en geniet. Het programma is tot stand gekomen door een 10-jaar lange zoektocht door artieste Jess Stephens, woonachtig in Marokko in samenwerking met Dades Reizen.

NB: de voertaal tijdens deze reis is Engels.


Please find our day-to-day itinerary in English.


Day 1

Convene at tantalizing Tangers

Your Textile Quest program leader will greet you at the airport. Spend the rest of the day sett-ling in. Join us in the evening for a welcome dinner of a traditional Moroccan meal and get acquainted with the rest of the group, the itinerary and your Textile Quest program leader.

Day 2

Moving along the road to Tetouan.

The morning begins at 9 am with walk around Tangiers medina and its abundant food market. This part of the day is also a chance to run through some practicalities such as money change and basic needs for the trip. In the middle of the morning we will visit a DARNA an association and center that provides professional skills training ( many textile focused) for illiterate Moroccan women. A discussion on Women in Moroccan Society with young educated women and those involved in the center. Lunch at DARNA is recommended.p.m. Depart for Tetouan, a comfortable stop along what would be a long road. Arrive and settle into the Hotel. eve. An early evenings presentation is planned

Day 3

Sassy Chefchauen

An early departure for a full days immersion. We will head on the road to Chef Chaouen. This morning we discover the ancient blue city, commencing at the government run local crafts center. You will then have a few hours to roam around independently. p.m. Early afternoon, we will depart for Ouezane a mountain town where we will meet with the wool spinners and carpet makers. eve. Departing late afternoon for the last part of the road to arrive at the imperial city of Fez, a crafts capitol, home to an ancient imperial city and UNESCO heritage site. Settle into your hotels.

Day 4

Explore the Crafts of the Fascinating Imperial City of Fez

Commencing at an easy hour, this inspiring day involves an official tour engaging with the artisans in their workspaces around the ancient city. Weavers, tanners, dyers are just some of the artisan workshops we will encounter. A delicious lunch is recommended in the artisan quarter followed by a continuation of the artisan visit. Finishing by mid-afternoon to reflect and rest. Evening: A presentation on Moroccan Culture by Professor Reddad Sadik followed by an evening meal at Café Clock.

Day 5

Traditional crafts and their future. Sweet Sefrou

a.m. We will start the morning with a visit to Fez artisan training center. A government project established to encourage Moroccan youth to become crafts-masters and entrepreneurs. Over 30 different workshops where young Moroccan ( age 16 – 30 years) are on an apprenticeship in one of the many of the Fassi tradi-tional crafts. This visit leads us into a workshop activity where you will have the chance to speak with a craftsperson and practice the traditional art. (*T.B.C.) p.m. Head out to Sefrou for lunch and an orientation of the old city. In the evening we make our way to Bhalil, a charming village and your temporary home at the base of the Middle Atlas Mountains.

Day 6

Make deep connections with the local crafts and artisans

Sefrou, an old market town on one of Morocco’s caravan trading routes is where we will be locate for a few days and engage even deeper with an artisan community. a.m. An engaging exploration of the textile focused artisans in their workshops including ( but not solely) tailors, weavers, embroiderers, tassel and belt makers.Lunch in the square centered in the heart of the artisan quarter is recommended. p.m. We will spend the afternoon with a few female artisans in the intimate environment of Studio Sefrou, with an introduction and practice of some of their crafts.eve. Talk on sacred rituals in the loom and carpet making in Morocco. As her masters paper Asma3 Raffik talks of her discoveries on sacred rituals in the creating of carpets.

Day 7

Mountain Market Day. Discover a Rural Carpet Cooperative

a.m. We depart early for a short drive into the Middle Atlas Mountains, stopping along the way to visit a mountain market. After an hour or so at the market we head out to a nearby village. Here we will meet an active women’s carpet cooperative. Over tea and refreshments there is a chance to get to know their lives and what goes into the creation and running of a carpet and weaving co-operative. p.m. Lunch takes place at one of the villager’s houses. We will move to the workshop with some of the cooperative members, further learning about their skills and working lives. eve. Return to Sefrou for our departure dinner. Day 8Farewell departure. After breakfast transport will take guests to Fez, who are not traveling overnight to Marrakesh.

Day 8

Farewell departure.

After breakfast transport will take guests to Fez, who are not traveling overnight to Marrakesh.


  1. transportation with driver (Peugeot minibus up to 7/8 people and Volkswagen Crafter from 8-16 people) (“Ali Aventure Sud Maroc” official Transport Touristique)
  2. 2x diner (day 1 and 7)
  3. Breakfast every dag (2-8)
  4. Nights in mentioned hotels or equal
  5. Insurances and guarantees by Dades Voyages
  6. professional tour-leader Jess Stephens


  1. all other meals
  2. Flights
  3. personal insurances.
  • Prijs
    Groep (min-max)
  • Prijs Price per person
    Begin maandag 23 november 2020
    Eind maandag 30 november 2020
    1 - 10 Pax
    Beschikbare plaatsen:10

    Volwassene ( 1 - 10 Pax ) 1.350,00 /Persoon

    - +

    Single room ( 1 - 10 Pax ) 1.650,00 /Persoon

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Green Seat C02-compensatie
    € 5.00 / stuk

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