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History Of The Museum of Berber Art In 1 Minute

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Updated: 16 August 2016
Tucked inside the Majorelle Gardens, where Yves Saint Laurent once resided with his partner Pierre Bergé, the Museum of Berber Art houses a stunning collection of everyday and ceremonial items, jewellery and tribal costumes. Opened in 2011 by Bergé given his fascination of the Berber people and culture, the art collection resides inside the famous Majorelle blue art-déco house.

Upon entrance, guests are introduced to the tools used in everyday Berber life including leather satchels, baskets, kitchen materials and more. But the displays also show the rich diversity of skills and knowledge of the tribes including basket-weaving, intricate woodcarvings in doorways and traditional locks, pottery and even leatherwork.

The second room houses an exceptional exhibition of Berber jewelry, featuring beautiful silver-smithing combining precious stones including amber and coral among others. The elaborate designs are often used as a means of saving – something to sell during hard economic times. But the designs are also believed to ward off evil and protect from bad luck and illness.

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© Jardin Majorelle | © Jardin Majorelle | © Muhammad Mansour/Flickr

As you step into the final room, mannequins are displayed wearing tribal dresses from across the Kingdom. A wedding blanket drapes the shoulders of a mannequin representing women from the Imilchil region, while a colorful hat covers the head of a mannequin representing the masculine styles worn in Zemmour in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Through the fashion displayed, one can appreciate and witness first-hand the weaving techniques of each region.

The small gift shop at the exit has one of the best selections of coffee-table books about Morocco, Berber tribes and architecture. Allow approximately 35 minutes to visit the museum and admire the textiles and tribal jewels.

📅 The museum is open every day of the year from 8AM to 5:30PM in winter, until 6PM from May 1st to September 30th, and 9AM to 5PM during Ramadan.