Traditional Clothing in South Morocco
The dress is as varied and diverse as the historical antecedents and cultural backgrounds. It communicates age, gender, allegiances, ethnicity, and religious commitment for every day, celebratory, ceremonial, and ritual occasions. Each part of the world has its unique dressing characteristics. It is a way of maintaining cultures. Clothing has long ago ceased to be a protection from cold and sun and has envolved as fast as a human race, that is precisely the case in south Morocco. Merzouga, for example, the fact that is a desert territory, it makes it hard for locals and visitors to stand the natural conditions there. The clothes in these regions are made against the natural effects; the wind blows, the peak of the sun, sand storms, and the cold at night. The nomadic life there requires unique clothes that will bear any natural condition.
People there mainly nomads wear long woolen robes that cover their whole body. “blue Jellaba,” a long casual dress for men in Sahara, along with loose sleeves and trousers. Their long robes protect the skin from the sun, and when worn loose, offer a convection-style for cooling effect and prevents sweat from evaporating. Light-colored clothes reflect sunlight and lessen skin temperature. Nomads use slippers, which will protect them from the heat of sand and cold of the night. They also wear turbans on their head to protect it from the hot blazing sun. Berber women wear long black and colorful robes decorated with bright embroidery. This kind of clothes is not only used as a shield from natural conditions but also as a conservative cultural aspect of them. It also serves Berber identity and a part of their culture. Apart from this, there are some occasions where Berber men and women wear traditional clothes like weddings and other cultural events. Traditional clothes take a leading position when it comes to preserving culture. It has a symbolic role in the preservation of national values and cultural heritage. Sahara’s traditional clothes have a crucial presence in the history of Morocco.
Hospitality and warm welcome are highly sacred concepts in Moroccan culture, whether if it is in the north, mid or north, hospitality in Morocco is everywhere. No one is concidered a stranger, they can invite foreigns to there homes, and can go to massive expenses and do their best to provide complete hospitality to their guests. They provide their guests with almost everything they might need, and they always check if their guests are comfortable. Moroccans like to share everything; they like to talk about their unique traditions and get to know the visitor more. Their hospitality is spontaneous and natural. If one visits the south of Morocco, he or she will be invited by Berbers to have lunch, and serve their visitors with traditional meals like Couscous, meal paste, with meat ( camel or goat meat) and vegetables, Tajines, Refisa and a cup of Sahara tea at the end of the meal.
Moroccan are people known by the warmth of hospitality and generosity.