Crafts are irresistible for irregular stitching, clay work, glass opaqueness and utility. There are area for pricey crafts: Scandinavia with elegant minimalism. There are areas where some crafts are dime a dozen: China. There are areas where prices are low and items cute: India. Finally, there is Morocco, where crafts are so well-made and different, it is hard to resist.  Many items sold internationally are actually from Morocco.

Photo from Morocco Tourist Authority
Photo from Morocco Tourism Authority
Photo from Morocco Tourism Authority

On The Women’s Travel Group trips, we do not offer shopping per se; we combine shopping with cultural experiences. Our Morocco trip has a few spaces left; April 7-20. We go from the Mediterranean North to the Sahara where these crafts are made.

For more information: Phyllis@thewomenstravelgroup.com or 646 309 5607. You may also contact Maryb@sitatours.com 1 800 421 5643 x 1518.

Here are ways to combine shopping with experiences:

Morocco has intriguing exciting souks. Besides admiring leather goods, ceramics, lanterns, shoes, jewelry, gems, carpets… listen to the singing coming from the madrassas—religious schools— as you wander with our group. Even tape record it discreetly. 

Engage in conversation with vendors by saying something nice about their goods.  If a vendor is creating a craft in front of you, compliment then ask for a photo of the vendor holding his goods. 

Spices in Morocco are ultra flavorful: black and white pepper, paprika, ginger, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, saffron, anise, nutmeg, fenugreek. Ras el hanout is a pungent mixture of many spices. (See below for US Customs regulations). Bring zip lock bags. The merchant will put your purchases in small  bags; but a zip lock will protect your spices. Now talk to him or your hotel staff about recipes!   Another way to experience Morocco. 

WARNING New TSA rules prohibit carrying on powders; pack your powdered spices

Photo from VisitMorocco.com Women making Argan oil from its nuts

Argan oil with its high percentage of Vitamin E is one of the most popular Moroccan exports. It is for moisturizing skin, hair, anti-aging, anti acne etc. Argan is used for cracked, damaged skin on feet and hands. Much Argan oil is produced by women-how great is that!  See photo above

Bring small bottles with tight tops; wrap in bubble wrap and put in zip locks. Pack do not carry on. Here  are tips on buying this expensive oil. http://www.essentialsyou.com/11-tips-to-buy-good-argan-oil/

Our Morocco trip has a few spaces left; April 7-20. We go from the Mediterranean North to the Sahara where these crafts are made. For more information: Phyllis@thewomenstravelgroup.com or 646 309 5607. You may also contact Maryb@sitatours.com 1 800 421 5643 x 1518.

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/argan-oil-the-liquid-gold-changing-women-s-lives-in-south-western-morocco-1.92061

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1272/~/food—general-food