Essaouira and its cedar marquetry

An issue of jargon

THE ARTS OF WOOD in Morocco are of an incredible variety: painted wood (Marrakech, Fez, Meknes, Tetouan …): cut wood (Meknes, Marrakech, Rabat, Middle Atlas ); turned wood (Fez, Rabat, Marrakech); wood decorated with bone or silver string (Tetouan, Fez, Rabat).

Essaouira likewise has, in carpentry, its strength, of which it is in Morocco the undisputed capital, and which has made, with adornments, the standing of its specialty: marquetry.

As per subject matter experts ‘, the word carefully alludes to a brightening mosaic of valuable woods, ivory, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, metals, whose amassed components are plated on a basic foundation that vanishes completely under this style.

The word, as indicated by subject matter experts ”, carefully, alludes to a beautiful mosaic of valuable wood, ivory, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, metals, whose gathered components are plated on a basic foundation that vanishes totally under this stylistic layout.

This definition can’t be applied to the craft of Souiri wood, workmanship for which the help stays evident, acting naturally made of a valuable wood: the thuja (arr). Essaouira’s method would be more similar to decorating, which comprises implanting in a typical material one or a few unique materials, which guesses that the foundation wood has been cut after the lines of a formerly drawn drawing.

It is anyway under the group – perceived all over and of all since consistently – of marquetry of Essaouira assigned the art business of wood rehearsed in this city.

A name that they will keep, in any event, venturing to such an extreme as to incorporate – as the world regularly does – these numerous articles totally in chuya, where neither marquetry nor trimming is utilized, however, which are found in bazaars and shops with furniture, chests and decorated items; they share for all intents and purpose with them just the wood from which they are made, and of which they are frequently, concerning their size, enormous buyers.

Remarkable craftsmanship at serious risk

ESSAOUIRA’S BRAND MARKETING is refined and esteemed workmanship, extraordinarily refreshing all through the nation and abroad.

They required accurate work requests from the individuals who gave themselves both an extraordinary detail and an affirmed masterful taste. Hence, they should typically be dependent upon a long preparation and to the Judgment of their lords.

Splendid during the many preceding years of the 20th century, actually prospering in an appearance today, Essaouira’s marquetry is experiencing a significant emergency. It is now quite a while since one of its protectors, Haj Mohammed Odqba, sounded the caution: “Although Essaouira has lost the business movement that made it one of the most significant and prospering urban communities in the Kingdom of Morocco, it holds – but on questionable establishments – its pride in the craftsmanship of days of old. Although having kept on experiencing progressive emergencies for quite a while, its marquetry adds to leave it still a tad bit of the standing it had legitimately obtained. The travel industry’s improvement, the occupation deficiency, the confusion of the calling present genuine dangers to this action, actually guarded by evident makers and various partners.

Allow them to trust that makers and partners are at last heard, by the individuals in control, by the experts, yet in addition by the buyers, locals or vacationers, nationals or outsiders.

Partaking in the guard of Essaouira’s marquetry is, indeed, the objective of this book, with the craving to improve realized what is present, alongside the travel industry, one of the principal exercises of the city, a ubiquitous action to the point of being intrusive, whose appearance is frequently just gotten a handle on, yet which realizes how to uncover its imaginative virtuoso to the individuals who set aside the effort to check it out.

My name is Abdelkader El-Hermri, and Jacques came to get some information about the starting points of chuya carpentry in Essaouira.

It began with the seniors, the kaids, and the wealthy dealers, who had their roofs made of rhuya wood in the earliest reference point. For what reason did they make their roofs out of cedarwood and not out of standard lumber? In the end, when they had visitors, they would open these rooms, and the visitors would smell the lovely smell of this wood. Individuals jumped at the chance to smell this smell in their house.

This was going on in Essaouira and a little in Taroudant, where there were additional backwoods of cedars before the French’s appearance in Morocco. At that point, there was no cedar work at all like there is currently. The woodworkers utilized it only for the sheets and light emissions roofs in the rich houses and mosques. When the roofs were done, they would return to the woodworker’s shop and resume carpentry to make tables or chests, never utilizing cedar for whatever else until the following request for roofs.

Back then, there were large weddings, weddings like he used to make them, weddings of Jews or weddings of Muslims. What’s more, for weddings, individuals had individuals make safes to put the things. They had no other furniture for mercre business, just trunks. The lady accompanied her chest, and the man accompanied his, actually made of standard wood.

At that point, a madlem, he doesn’t have the foggiest idea about his name, brought back specific boards leftover from the creation of a roof and put them in his store. At some point, he made a chest out of this wood. This cedar chest ended up being significantly more delightful than conventional wooden crates, better completed, shinier, smoother. Affluent individuals could get it. From that point on, just wealthy individuals needed to utilize cedar chests for weddings. In the end, when they were arranging a wedding, they would arrange a red chuya chest from a maälem. Jews likewise requested cedar chests for their little girls or children who were getting hitched.

This is the place where the chuya work comes from. This is its accurate inception, in truth.

These straightforward, undecorated, gigantic, and red cedar chests were made with the trunks’ wood: around then, the craftsmen didn’t utilize the amplifying glass. They didn’t have the foggiest idea of what it was. They made chests from sheets that they stuck, sanded, and stained. Everybody thought these chests were exceptionally excellent; they shone. They were square chests, straightforward, with level tops. Individuals started to arrange them for uncommon events. At the point when they needed a lovely household item, they requested a thuja chest!

At that point, the specialists made upgrades.

A maälem added a plan made of sefaf [poplar], the white wood used to make matches.

He didn’t make intricate designs: just pastels, two or four lines that shared the surface and decorated the chest.

Somewhat later, they made boxes for tea and sugar, with pyramid-formed tops. They made arrangements of three or four boots, one for tea, one for sugar, and one for mint. At the point when they offered the tea, they would take these crates out.

That was the start: the wedding chests and the cases for the dear. At that point, the specialists prepared to present developments. At some point, a Jew, who was wedding his little girl, went to see the maalem and requested that he make a chuya cabinet to place his things in. He revealed to him the shape he needed, and the maalem made it. From that point on, the mañlmine kept on creation chests, tea sets, and chuya cupboards, as indicated by client orders. Well-off Jewish vendors kept on requesting cupboards and bureaus for their girls. Everybody thought it was lovely. Frenzy!

The maâlmine added necessary Sefiaf improvements gradually, a particular something, something else, something else? Some started to utilize ivory because there were likewise rifles for the capriccios whose sticks were improved with ivory. The wood for the rifles was not chuya, however, apricot, with which they similarly made woodwinds, since it is a hard and sound wood. So the maäâlmines additionally started to trim bits of ivory on the chuya tea sets. There was a great deal of ivory around then. They didn’t yet utilize bone for enhancement, nor shells, yet ivory. No muddled enrichments, just little bits of ivory decorated on the tops of tea tins. Not on the chests. On the chests, just lines were as yet utilized. Be that as it may, tea, for individuals, is a significant thing. It must be presented with exceptional items.

Also, the specialists made enhancements and advancements ceaselessly.

By and by, they began from the articles that they made out of standard wood: they proceeded onward to the cake boxes that they generally made for weddings, for wedding cakes. Their covers were cone, dislike the covers of tea boxes, which were square. Tea tins were square or rectangular. Cake tins were round. Cakes were conveyed in these crates for the lady of the hour and lucky man. The experts consistently designed enhancements. Everyone was advancing by presenting thoughts that the others took up and improved. What’s more, this proceeded until the appearance of France.

France participated in 1912.

It proceeded until 1925. From 1925 on, the French brought individuals from Tangier, Fez, Tetouan representatives to work in the port. These individuals were called El-Andalus. These Andalusians had an old custom from antiquated Spain.

They were preferable instructed over those from here. They had charges for sugar, tea. Previously, camel finished the exchange with the Sahara, Senegal, Mauritania, and different nations by completing and masterful enhancements since they had antiquated conventions and consummated this art from this utilization of thuja.

They presented the mathematical plans because, before them, just botanical improvements were made.

These Andalusians were at that point in Tetouan, Tangier, Rabat, and so on… At that point, the two significant ports of Morocco were Tangier and Essaouira.

Toward the start, they made basic tables. They didn’t yet make S-feet like later. They made tables for four individuals with a round top, upheld by a square casing, on four straight inward legs. The enrichments were additionally straightforward, just circles.

From 1925, when the Europeans showed up, they would not like to agree to straightforward tables with four legs. They needed tables with the shapes they had at home, with French or Italian-style legs. They presented the table with an outer fringe of the French starting point, which they don’t know. With them, the casing was within.

To put it plainly, the Andalusians brought the enrichments, and the Europeans brought the state of the furnishings, the style! There were Italian feet, Spanish feet, English feet; they just had barrel-shaped feet. The Europeans requested furniture in either shape, without adornments, basic. They didn’t need stacked furnishings. Their taste went towards the basic things: that was their taste. They thought their sets were excessively stacked. What they loved were basic styles and a decent finish… That is the means by which the type of the Europeans superseded their style. It exists in houses, bistros, however, with common wood. On a basic level, chuya is saved for essential furnishings or furniture to home significant things.

An expert couldn’t settle down only anyway. He needed to understand the expert who worked for him and who himself gave his consent to the specialist. Without this, he was unable to open a store.

A maâlem by and primarily utilized youngsters: six or seven specialists of 22, 25, 26 years of age who worked for him.

At that point, when one of them began pondering getting hitched, his dad would go to the maälem and state, “My child needs to get secured, he might want to set him up in a workshop. The maälem would let him know, “Mama kaïnhtamouchkil, there is no issue, he has taken in the exchange well, God favor him. The dad found a bow producer, and the maâlem went with him to the amin. Without the understanding of the maâlem, the amin, and the mohtasseb, no establishment was conceivable. When the bow was prepared, the youngster’s lord, different bosses, and the amin were assembled, and the Fariha was perused in the workshop. At that point, the tea was served, and the specialist turned into a maâlem. No paper, no confirmation. The word supplanted the reports.

The family assisted the youngster with getting settled, loaned him cash to lease a store, and purchase apparatuses and wood: these individuals didn’t have a lot of money; however, they figured out how to get by [sic]. The young kept on attempting to collect some cash to get hitched. This proceeded until 1949, on October 10, 1949.

The French had embraced changes. Why these changes? Allow me to disclose something to you.

In 1947, King Mohamed V delivered a discourse in Tangier. He called for autonomy from France.

France would not like to give autonomy and reacted by making cooperatives: the horticultural helpful and the distinctive agreeable because in Morocco there were just these two exercises. Here, it occurred on October 10, 1949. They accumulated all the maâlmine of Essaouira and coordinated them into an agreeable.

The region loaned them cash from the “slush store”. This was to remove actual autonomy for them.

Also, there were as yet numerous enhancements.

There was a Frenchman named Bouyou, he was the overseer of the helpful who searched for business sectors and orders from France and from everywhere in Europe.

The maâlmines of the agreeable were not permitted to offer their product to the Dazars. Because of this French activity, the maâlmine who had been decided to join the helpful “made djellabas” [got rich] and made money. They likewise took the youngsters who had been prepared by Si Abdelkader Hmed Ou Mohammed to enter the helpful. They excessively functioned admirably. The valuable proceeded to exist and worked well.

There was additionally a Frenchman named Brosse. He was a woodworker, and he got the public help contracts. Around then, the others thought nothing about these business sectors.

He brought an amplifying glass from the woodland and utilized it with a machine to make bowls and dishes. He had a device, and the others didn’t. He had numerous requests. Europeans enjoyed objects made with an amplifying glass. He likewise made lampshades and little boxes. Later they started to make tables out of burr thuja with a gigantic plate. The facade was not yet utilized. So the agreeable likewise began to work with enormous burr.

Europeanized designs were utilized. It has even shown up from Europe instant examples, techniques in the trim of wood that they purchased in tool shops. The wood was burrowed to trim the instant themes, made out of a few animal varieties, including black…

At one at once, the lemon tree was presented; sweet lemons, not orange trees. Presently, they utilize orange wood. They call it a lemon tree, yet it is an orange tree. It was around 1960, 1965 that the orange tree supplanted the real lemon tree. The thing that matters is that the tree wood obscures if you don’t utilize it immediately. If you leave a bit of orange tree in the workshop, it darkens from within.

The maâlmines kept on creating enhancements. Some maâlmine vanished. However, others supplanted them. When they became autonomous the maâlmine, at this point, had a similar job. The nature of work was not given equal significance. They settled down that way.

They have shown up then moulline chkara the dealers. They destroyed everything.

What’s more, the writing is on the wall, Mr. Jacques. You have gotten everything. What he has come clean with you is here.


Pilgrimage Mohammed Oqba is an official interpreter for the courts.

A local of Essaouira, which he has never left, holds intriguing documents on his city’s historical backdrop.

He is the creator of an accumulation on thuja marquetry, not yet distributed, of which they give under an abbreviated rendition.

The beginnings of Essaouira marquetry

The decorating strategy, which they will subsequently call marquerie, was brought to Morocco towards the finish of the 10th century by European rebels who changed over to Islam and are known under the name of laällouj.

It appreciated a specific vogue in the creation of natural items in the mid 20th century. The city of Salé appears to have been a prospering focus, where mathematical beautification prevailed, while it was related to Aoral components in Essaouira, at that point called Mogador.

As indicated by a review made in 1949 by the mobteseb Larbi Mejboud, apparently the main who, in Essaouira, had some expertise in this branch, in a way its author, was the maälem specialist Jilali Ould El-Alja, relative of Spanish renegars.

Notwithstanding – as per data accumulated from old Souiris skilled workers, for example, the late Darif Moulay Mohamed, previous amin, the late Mana Tahar, the late Farkhsi Mohamed Larbi, Harnri, and so forth – Jilali Ould El-Alja himself would have surrendered his calling from a specific Erik Cheikh.

More card, a few youthful specialists they’re prepared by Maälem Jilali, compelled they had begun to function as understudies. Their aptitude and their soul of commencement added to the impact and success of La Marquetry in Essaouira.

Among these new skilled workers, the expert Omar Ould El-Alja, invested with a noteworthy absence of knowledge and a sharp soul of perception: uncovered himself as a genuine craftsman. Having withdrawn himself from the gathering of his cohorts, he made a free school. He was essentially the first to utilize thuja wood, acquired from the storage compartment or the primary parts of the tree, in masterpieces production. With him, the Essaouira marquetry entered another time to take on its specific cachet authoritatively: despite the changes it has never stopped to go through, it holds the first engraving of this incredible craftsman. It wasn’t they before Maâlem Omar turned into the core around which a couple of then-existing marquetry swarms.

From this multitude arose other extraordinary experts, for example, Sellam Ould El-Alja, Allal Ould Hmad Ou Mohammad, Abdel kader Ould Hmad Ou Mohammad, Boubker Ben Abdelwafi, Hadj Driss Hallouf, Brik Didoune, Hadj Oummad, and so forth.

Among the masterpieces made by the maâlem Omar, let them notice as an illustration a table called Sgi, chrab or chouf (Give to drink, wood and appreciate), lutes and rbabs, cupboards trimmed with mother-of-pearl and silver string, round tables decorated with lemonwood and black, chests adorned with mother-of-pearl, gold, and ivory…


The interest of Moroccan sovereigns for marquetry.

The sovereigns of Morocco have consistently valued the craft of marquetry in Essaouira.

Subsequently, the maâlem Jilali Ould El-Alj was frequently called by the king Moulay El-Hassan in Marrakech and Fez’s castles. King Mulay Abdellaziz then got him to his royal residence Fez, where, encircled by numerous considerations, he stayed until his passing around 1908.

His teaches, the skilled workers Abdelkader Ould Hmad Ou Mohamad, Jilali Ould El-Baz, Mohammad Kazzabni, and Fateh they’re additionally called to the majestic royal residences of Marrakesh and Fez to make lutes for the artists of the sovereign and to reestablish furniture (couches, couches, cupboards, comfortable chairs.) that the ruler brought from Europe and which once in a while soothed up harmed following vehicle tasks. Conclusively appended to the administration of MoulayAbdellaziz, MaâlemFateh not, at this point, got back to Essaouira.

His evolution

The experts didn’t utilize the chuya, an uncommon and afterward mostly secret wood toward the start. Mahogany, lemon tree, black, potentially pecan they’re used solely in the assembling of trimmed furnishings. When the chuya was later utilized, this wood was first to be pardoned of sheets coming from the backwoods of the area of Rabat Salé. At that point, the chuya from the close by woods of Essaouira was utilized. For a long time, just the wood created by the trunks and primary parts of the trees was worked.

In 1924, a Frenchman named Brosse, living in Essaouira, considered utilizing the amplifying glass ‘” (2). He set up a workshop furnished with an apparatus. With the assistance of a couple of experts, he represented considerable authority in the assembling of amplifying glass objects. The containers, tables, and different articles that emerged from his workshop they’re a lot refreshing, and the city’s markers comprehended the interest of this new material.

The amplifying glass was then utilized in enormous amounts, and its utilization was culminated as in gradually it was not, at this point used to make gigantic items – because in specific atmospheres it tended to part and break – yet in facade three or four millimeters thick stuck to sheets of cedar.

In the good ‘ol days, it was fundamentally used to make platform tables, chests, racks, and cupboards. Later on, the items created they’re more fluctuated: tables, glove boxes, mystery boxes, rockers, seats, armbands, radio furnishings, cigarette cases, bookends, outlines, curl fire, burca fittings, ashtrays, plate, checkerboard tables, chess sheets, backgammon sheets, ice cupboards, cushions, and so on.

This development of the classifications of articles was joined by an adjustment of the structures, which got less complicated, more straightforward, and stripped-down; without a doubt, it is crucial to see the indication of a modernization needed by the specialists to the interest of the European clients.

At long last, a development has additionally happened in design. Toward the starting it was uniquely of motivation”: dainty lemon tree filets, called arg (vein), shaping arabesques, spoken to the stems; the leaves, essential or trio bed, they’re made of lemon or dark; little plates of lemon, coal-black or mother-of-pearl spoke to the organic products; the entire was significantly adapted.

At that point came the mathematical plan. A controller of the professional school, going through Essaouira, recommended the professional school’s expert to utilize this improving component. The thought itself was not new: mathematical drawing has consistently assumed a significant part in Moroccan workmanship. However, the Essaouira markers didn’t utilize it. The school trailed the overseer’s recommendation, and the school was fruitful to such an extent that all the attributes in the town quickly imitated him.

The mathematical plan was generally embraced, even continuously replacing the motivated botanical program. The last was utilized uniquely for direct items and with new working techniques: close to the lemon tree wire design, silver or aluminum wire was trimmed to make the stems; leaves and blossoms they’re additionally encircled by metal wire, their thuja foundation being shaded with green or red ink.

Concerning the staining cycle, it appears to be that it has not changed since the beginning of craftsmanship: it is the exemplary stain with a cushion stain produced using a heavy drinker arrangement of shellac applied to the wood recently took care of with linseed oil.

The 1915 Franco-Moroccan handiwork show in Casablanca.

During the First World War, General Lyautey, having been compelled to send the vast majority of his soldiers to battle in Europe, depended on monetary and business advancement to keep up his position, and France’s over Morocco as yet insubordinate and additionally desired by Germany. In the war, he coordinated a progression of shows in Rabat, Fez, and Casablanca. The point was to introduce the mechanical and distinctive results of France and those of Morocco. The most significant of these presentations was that of 1915 in Casablanca.

The interest of Souiri specialists in this presentation has assisted with giving another driving force to Essaouira’s marquetry. The markers they’re an extraordinary achievement, uncovering another part of Moroccan craftsmanship.

Among the items displayed, have especially excited the profound respect of guests: Boxes decorated with lemon string framing arabesques, made by the maälem Abdellah Sakat; a lute by the maälem Abdellah Eddnani; a rbab by the maällem Sellam EI-Alj; racks with boards, cut and trimmed with black, by the maälem Abdellah Ahmad Ou Mohammad; a thuja chest completely decorated with lemonwood, by the maälem Boubker Ben Abdelwafi; a table with a polygonal top and legs looking like ring columns, by the maälem Hadj Driss Hallouf and a table called Chayla, by the maälem Omar Ould El-Alj, works that acquired their creators a gold award.

On the event of this presentation, Essaouira’s marquetry has left on a rising way that will carry it to its pinnacle rapidly.

The organization of the corporation of marketers

As per the grounded practice of the past, markers they’re quickly consolidated. This was exceptionally coordinated. The amin and the mohtasseb had absolute and undisputed forces.

They have seen the famous pretended by some incredibly skilled workers in the preparation of understudies who, later on, became aces in their turn. No disciple would have been introduced as an expert without the arrangement of his lord.

Presently, these extraordinary bosses having been generally and thusly, the head of the enterprise, it got standard for the pioneer to like the second when a disciple had the option to turn into an expert. Similarly, lamin controlled the nature crafted by the organization. Helped by another skilled worker assigned by the mohtasseb, he likewise played the master’s rdle; when he needed to go on the event of ability, he got a repayment of one peseta hassani from the invested individual. At last, he proposed to the mohtasseb the proportions of ejection be articulated against the individual who had blundered in the enterprise’s acts.

The mohtasseb kept up control inside the organization and settled debates that emerged either bettheyen its individuals or bettheyen a specialist and a purchaser. Its locale was generous and non-quarrelsome. As a referee, it was expected to reestablish the arrangement by genial settlement. On the off chance that he fizzled in his endeavor or on the off chance that he thought that the debate should offer ascent to a correctional authorization or the giving of harms, he would draw up a report and present the case to the pasha or the caid.

In 1920, the forces of the amin they’re still substantial. Then again, those of the mohtasseb had just started to change.

The operation of a former workshop.

Before the steadily expanding improvement of the travel industry from the forties, the portrayal of feline atelier remains valid today. Notwithstanding, since the augmentation of small ateliers where many ad-libbed experts work and the fortifying of the bazaarist’s hang available, it has been conceivable to see that the small quantity ateliers have expanded.

What is striking when you visit a workshop is that it is preposterous to expect to recognize your lord from his laborers. One can see that the entirety of the staff is making a similar sort of articles. Besides the understudy who is sawing or planning, the adult team’s whole is accomplishing a similar work without division or chain of importance.

Additionally, dissimilar to in the days of yore, they don’t see cedar boards in the driest corner of the workshop, deliberately stacked as they dry. The solitary wood that can be seen is what is carefully vital for the articles being made.

The action is simply as per the sets of the bazaarists. The appropriate them bettheyen various maâlmine as indicated by the classifications of articles. Simultaneously as he puts in a request, the bazaarist gives the bosses the measure of cash expected to purchase the wood and crude materials.

The expert at that point goes to the souk to get the thujamacriers, and the lumbers and midnight logs that lumberjacks brought back from the mountains the exact day. At that point, he purchases shellac, sandpaper, screws, and, if there are a lily, chamois, and locks from the home improvement shop. Everything is taken back to the workshop.

Be that as it may, the disciple to lease a porter and his charreton for the expert’s benefit. The wood is stacked there to be taken to the mechanical sawmill. Once sawn, the loads up are taken back to the workshop to be played by hand, a fragile activity that takes a ton of time due to the idea of wood.

When the sheets are prepared, Paul’s items’ confection starts; however, there is no division of work. Each maalem, similar to every specialist, performs alone the entirety of your tasks: sawing, planning, gathering, sticking, adorning, sanding, staining. These last two tasks are somewhat completed by the student when he has nothing else to do and has just gained important information.

As they are finished, the articles are conveyed to the bazaarist who requested them, and one could contend that the workshop staff will, at that point, get the compensation for their work.

Usually, this isn’t the situation. They have seen that the bazaarist has progressed the essential wholes for the acquisition of crude materials. In any case, during the creation of 065 items, d likewise progressed the cost of your request to permit the maälem and his laborers to live. Hence, the Malian is consistently in the red to the bazaarist who, all the time, additionally furnished him with the way to do his workshop.

A note found in the documents of the district and dated February 24, 1920, gives the accompanying signs regarding this matter:

The mohtasseb once appreciated real authority over the different shippers of the town. In addition to the fact that he had a capacity to decide costs, he was the average referee of their questions, either among themselves or among shippers and clients. He just depended on the pasha, an appointed authority in criminal issues, on the off chance that he felt that a jail sentence was justified.

As of now, the elements of the mohtasseb have to some degree lessened in significance, if not in law, in any event.

He has held his capacity to burden products and control the offer of merchandise. As previously, he remained at the top of the exchange societies. He orders each amîn, and his recommendation is continuously followed.

The dealers have gotten increasingly more familiar with falling back on the pasha in all petulant issues that they’re once chosen by the mohtasseb. The pasha himself determines, by they’ll qualified assessment, questions among experts and buyers, which was basically inside the transmit of the mohtasseb.

“On the off chance that the elements of the mohtasseb have not lessened merrily, by and by they are no longer as significant.”

Notwithstanding, regardless of this slight change of the forces of the mohtasseb, the enterprise is still emphatically coordinated, alive, and dynamic. In 1919, the organization of markers bunched 20 maâlmine. In 1922, 25 maäâlmine and 36 understudies.

Around then, crafted by the markers had an unequivocal worth, both from the nature of the completion and imaginative taste.

Alone or helped by a disciple whom he continuously acquainted with the craft of marquetry, the maâlem acknowledged magnum opuses. They are selective works, works of his psyche first, at that point of his hands. He plans and draws the structure and the enriching themes of the article; in this imaginative activity, he generally tries to enhance the feeling of excellence.

At that point, he picks, from the chuya boards put away in his workshop for a while if not quite a long time, or ones that are sufficiently dry and which, by their perspective, are the most appropriate for the planned work. He cuts the boards himself, planes them, amasses them, shapes them, brightens them, and trims them with mahogany, lemon, dark, mother-of-pearl, ivory, silver string. When the item has been made, he will sand it down and stain it, then place it in his workshop, from where a purchaser will before long remove it, saying that another work will be outlined.

The maâlem, in this manner, works alone. He is entirely responsible for his work; besides the fact that he manufactures, he sells his creation straightforwardly. When he gets a request, he is the simple one to complete it and dispatches it, with no go-bettheyen.

The purchasers are various, the experts acquire effectively, and their monetary circumstance is agreeable. In 1920, a Maalem effectively achieved ten pesetas Hassani every day and can apportion to his disciple a day-by-day compensation shifting from one to three pesetas.

With such characteristics and genuine assets, the maalem comprised a gentry.

This thriving circumstance will the most recent ten years. Marquetry will be at its pinnacle, regardless of whether the nature of the experts’ aesthetic work, their social position, or the turnover they accomplish.

In 1930 the decrease started. It turned out to be more exact in 1934 and turned out to be more articulated from 1940 onwards. From the outset, the partnership influenced just monetarily, at that point declined expertly and, gradually, it is its morals, the undermining idea of its individuals that are influenced.

At the start ‘of 1949, the articulation “Company of markers” was utilized distinctly to assign, tragically of another recipe, particularly by propensity, the individuals who worked the thuja, regardless of whether they’re madlmine, laborers or students. However, the partnership as it had once experienced not, at this point, existed. It had an amin, yet its job was restricted to sending the organization’s guidelines to the markers and their staff.

In 1949, this organization was comprised of 54 maälmine – every one of them from Essaouira, except for one from the locale. The vast majority of these bosses had not been made do with quite a while.

The table inverse shows that from 1932 to 1944, two Marqueteurs chose normal every year, while the yearly normal rose to 5.5 for the years 1945 to 1948.

The first crises

It is standard to situate around 1938 the start of the decay of marquetry in Essaouira. Nonetheless, different components demonstrate that the root of this emergency is more seasoned. Despite what might be expected, 1938 denoted an endeavor to renew the organization, which appeared to manage natural product when it was dubious in 1939. The markers sounded the principal cry of alert in 1934. On July 14 of that year, they sent a solicitation to the pasha of the city, which is wholly deciphered as follows:

“To complete woodwork in the city or the locale, the vast majority of the invested individuals, for the most part, go to amateur specialists, in this way forsaking the older folks despite their skill in the issue.

“The outcome has been an overall emergency which has nearly diminished them and their numerous families to unfortunate wretchedness since they have just this one calling to make money.

“Numerous tenderfoots, rather than proceeding to get familiar with the exchange request to improve their abilities, start to rehearse, pulled in by the draw of gain, regardless of their absence of involvement. A great many people utilize their administrations.

“The early creation of cedar objects leaves a great deal to be wanted on account of the freshness of the laborers who accomplish the work.

“Given that Essaoui’s industry is marquetry, this will prompt wantonness, since the sightseers don’t discover what they need: professional articles. The great laborers in support bear the harm and can presently don’t sell their product.

“They would thusly request that they think about this objection with all due thought.”

Decreased to its fundamental components, this solicitation represents the rule that awful cash drives out significant money. The amassed changes might have driven, particularly somewhere in the range of 1939 and 1943, to marquetry’s total vanishing. Numerous maâlmine needed to surrender a calling that not, at this point, sustained them, while this exchange pulled in consistently youthful disciples. In some cases, this was simply because the youngsters didn’t discover in Essaouira the chance of making money in another manner.

Be that as it may, if Essaouira’s marquetry has endured, it is because it holds excellent glory according to a piece of the populace. The exact and sensitive work it requires is about the personality of the individuals of the city.

It is as yet wealthy in potential outcomes, and its legacy has remained practically flawless.

A brief, half-a-century history

In his store on Attarine road, where he shows a couple of objects, dissimilar to his associates who get together the things, Othman summarizes in a couple of words fifty years of Essaouira’s marquetry history. He every so often indicates a couple of components of his jargon: aark assigns bent lines; tourik the flower themes to be trimmed, each bit of which bears a name that gets from its shape: gel for hearts, rabaaiya for clovers with four leaves, tfor for paw profiles, louisa for “verbena leaves”…

Othman arranges in the fifties the pinnacle of this art, with the arrival of the essential fixings that had vanished during the war: stick, gum arabic, liquor, and so on.

In the sixties, little boxes without design blossomed, which vagrant sales reps had offered to the Arab vacationers on the porches of the bistros. When the thought was taken up once more, it set off the presence of modest articles, simple to move and more like little trinkets than show-stoppers. Before long, the interest for these articles detonated, from the start incredibly surpassing the stock.

To such an extent that students will leave their managers altogether to open small shops with at least devices and produce a restricted scope of necessary articles. They were continued during the 1980s by secondary school and college understudies who, regardless of their confirmations, couldn’t discover a source: the city’s production lines had shut; request stayed higher than supply. However, after the main Gulf War, joblessness expanded once more, the number of specialists rose forcefully while the number of sightseers fell. Livelihoods are falling, and with large-scale manufacturing, the misuse of crude materials is getting unbridled.

The discussion happens in Abdelkarim Jord’s workshop. As a decent instructor, he uncovered work in advancement and put his apparatuses on his workbench. Jacques Sibony. – 5; Abdelka-edge, disclose to him how they approach making their furnishings. Disclose to him everything from the earliest starting point to the final details. They take the case of footstools since Cu revealed to him that this is the most troublesome part.

AbdelkarimJord. – He initially picks the boards as per the size of the table he needs to make. He utilizes the storage compartment of the chuya tree. For short lengths, up to 1 m, he uses 16 x, 20 cm boards. For longer lengths, for tables with a breadth of 1.60 m, he utilizes 12 cm, wide boards.

  1. – Do they need to dry the wood first?

A.J. – he takes Southern Red Cedar that comes in dry. Khemisset cedar isn’t as acceptable. He only uses it for feet and fringes.

J.S. – What are the various sizes of tables they make?

A.J. – he doesn’t merely make tables. He likewise makes seats, total front rooms, beds, at times chests, yet just enormous ones. Indeed, more often than not, customers request an entire lounge room from him, yet since the decorated table is the longest to make, he has tables ahead of time. The customer picks the table, and he, at that point, make the seats, couch edges, and uprights with similar examples. That way, he can have his front room in a month, rather than three or four if the table must be made simultaneously! Concerning the tables, he makes tables from 45 cm to 1.60 m in measurement. He is the lone expert to make round tables of 1.60 m in marquetry. However, others can make considerably greater ones without adornment, in trunks or veneered with an amplifying glass. In marquetry, he is the one and only one.

J.S. – How would they choose the size of the link to make?

A.J. – According to the requests. On the off chance that he has a request for a size or example that he doesn’t have. Or then again, for the ones he makes ahead of time, it’s as per the wood size he finds available: the length of the loads up should be adjusted.
He makes the board with 12 em wide boards stuck together. However, in length, they should be in one piece. He needs to capitalize on the materials without squandering them.

  1. – He thought they were utilizing 15 to 20 cm wide sheets.

A.J. – For this situation, the table is less strong. With 12 cm wide boards, it will consistently stay level and won’t move. He slices 12 cm wide boards to the correct length as per the distance across the table he needs to make. He takes them to the sawmill to cut them into equivalent thickness sheets: 1.5 cm for little tables, 2.3 cm for bigger ones, up to 3 cm thick for enormous ones. Indeed, he computes them at first somewhat thicker, from 2 to 5 mm more stagnant to show up at the correct thickness for the completed board: the sheets should be leveled and sanded at a few phases of the assembling cycle.
Directly from the beginning, they need to begin smoothing the sheets. He never utilizes the modern planer for this since it eats an excess of wood and produces loads that are not straight. A plane and sand the loads up. He would have an excessive amount of waste. At that point, he crushes the short sides individually, checking with a square, so the countenances and sides are opposite. This way, when he sticks them together to make an enormous board, they fit together impeccably. He sticks them together by setting them one on top of the other along three boards inclining toward the divider. He let the paste dry for three days.

J.S. – He don’t utilize a press? Or, on the other hand, a brace?

A.J. – No need if the sides are straight. At the point when the paste has dried, he has his board for the tabletop. He follows the table’s state with an enormous compass, denoting the middle that will remain the marker all through the assembling cycle. He, at that point, begins drawing the plan.

J.S. – Do they know from the beginning the attraction they will make?

  1. – Do they know from the beginning the attraction they will do?

A.J. – First, he picks the shape: there are round tables, or tables with six, eight, twelve sides, or oval or rectangular tables. By and large, he chooses ahead of time on the mathematical plan of the middle. He decides if it will be math with 8, 12, 18, up to 40 houses, and more for the biggest tables.

J.S. – Did they say houses?

A.J. – Dior implies houses. The triangles inside the mathematical shapes will house a little example, similar to a house. This focal mathematical plan is pretty much huge, relying upon the quantity of Dior, which itself depends upon the size of the table and the crown that will stay for the themes around it.
Another hover can involve the focal point of the mathematical plan itself with an autonomous example. The mathematical shapes are conventional and go back to the root of the Essaouira marquetry. Be that as it may, the flower improvements of the fringe grew later under the European impact. When the mathematical examples that he has picked have been followed, He starts to make tests with the pencil for the drawings of the outskirts.

J.S. – For the mathematical drawing, do they have layouts, or do they draw them from the head?

A.J. – He needn’t bother with layouts. He knows them forwards and backward. Except if he’s requested a specific model because of a photograph or a drawing. Be that as it may, for botanical examples and arabesques, he makes up a drawing straightforwardly on the wood with a pencil.

J.S. – So every one of their tables is another creation?

A.J. – As he let them know, he can likewise recreate a table that a client has seen someplace, on the off chance that he presents to him an image, for instance! Else he attempts to begin that way, at irregular. When he doesn’t care for the outcome, he scratches it and starts once more! So he makes a few attempts. He asks the disciples or companions who come to see him for their assessment until he discovers an example that he like. At the point when he has picked his plan, he needs to repeat it. On the off chance that the table is vital for a set, he will replicate a similar example on the seats, the settee uprights. He has built up his strategy for this: he places a plain paper covered with oil on the plan he made on the wood, and the irons it by straightforwardness with a drypoint. The hint of the drawing is duplicated on the paper. He moves the piece on cardboard, and he passes the dry point on the picture again. It reproduces on the cardboard. At that point, he slices the cardboard with scissors to make a layout that he will use to imitate the drawing all around the link, on the seats, and all over the place.

J.S. – So they pick all the examples and follow them on the wood. At that point, they need to burrow along the lines to dig out where they will decorate the components that will frame the mathematical, arabesque, or botanical examples.

A.J. – This is an associate who will imprint. He does it with scissors and a mallet. (He makes practically the entirety of his devices himself.) He begins by burrowing all the circles around the plans. To do this, he utilizes a ruler that has a screw toward one side that distends downwards. A nail is crashed into the focal point of the circle. There are a few openings on the ruler. They place the pin in the space that fits the hover’s distance to burrow, and they scratch the wood with the tip of the screw by making a few pivots the nail until excavating around the circle. This is accomplished for all processes.
A while later, they etch different drawings.

J.S. – The notches are around 3 mm profound. Does the disciple finish this work?

A.J. – Yes. He first follows the two edges with a sharp apparatus and afterward burrows between the lines with a limited etch for the lines. He drives the instrument into the furrow and lifts it by inclining toward a little handle across the line to make an influence, and in this way, he pushes ahead along the line.
However, be careful! He doesn’t do the entire drawing immediately. There is the main pass, and afterward, there is the second: on the off chance that they take a mathematical example with balanced lines that cross one another, they need to burrow a first branch and afterward trim the white wooden stick before etching the lines that cross the first. Something else, at the intersection of the lines, the points break. They use scissors of various sizes for straight or bent furrows.

To trim lemonwood in straight lines, they utilize straight chopsticks with rectangular sections; for bent lines, chopsticks have one side more modest than the other to make them more adaptable.

J.S. – These poles have a trapezoidal segment of about 3mm by 2mm. They are exceptionally flimsy. Who makes them?

A.J. – he makes all the chopsticks and examples. The chopsticks are the most straightforward: he takes a 3mm thick lemon plate and cuts chopsticks 2mm wide.

J.S. – How would they do the acrobat segments?

A.J. – He tilts the board somewhat on the saw. That’s it in a nutshell! That is not the most challenging part! The hardest part, and the longest part, is making the ornamental examples out of lemonwood. It is the most sensitive work. It takes long periods of preparation to do it.
Some specialists never succeed… It is likewise important to cherish this specific work.

J.S. – And the individuals who can’t do it who need to do practice this art?

A.J. – They make little boxes or items on a machine. Or, on the other hand, they make facades from burr sheets. It’s simpler to do.
To make the blossom designs, he starts with a bit of lemon tree 12 to 13 cm long and a couple of centimeters on each side. It would be best if they gave it the example’s profile, cutting it with various apparatuses: scissors of multiple sizes, documents, and so on. It requires some investment to eliminate all the overabundance of wood before arriving at the ideal profile and finishing the notches. He has a procedure: he uses power apparatuses to eliminate layers of wood before he wraps up cutting the pole. However, other craftspeople don’t see how he does it, where they work five sticks in a day, and he makes twenty. When the rod is cut and cleaned, he cut it into 5 mm, every one of which frames an example. If twenty examples are required, he makes 24 to represent squander. He does likewise for dark models, with consumed lemonwood rather than coal-black, which is excessively uncommon and excessively costly.

J.S. – There are additional decorates of mother-of-pearl and silver or aluminum wire.

A.J. – he doesn’t utilize metal wire. The old bosses used silver wire, yet it is excessively costly. Individuals use aluminum wire cut from Guigoz milk jars! These wires darken and wind up, making all the wood filthy. Me, he doesn’t utilize metal.

J.S. – And mother-of-pearl?

A.J. – Mother-of-pearl, yes. He uses bits of shells that he cut and clean; he will decorate them totally toward the end, in the wake of sanding: in any case, there would be nothing left because the chips are little. First, the white lemon tree wood designs are put in their places, and afterward, the dark examples. The examples are not there are fundamentally little contrasts. For the messy models, he needs to follow every component’s state before burrowing its place; they are entirely numbered. Their position has a similar number. The disciple will need to put them in a suitable spot. Every component will be put in its place, where the student will have first put some paste. Great paste! Undiluted. Some skilled workers blend it in with water. Subsequently, the example won’t hold well.

J.S. – Your assistant will, at that point, hammer the example in with little sled blows.

A.J. – Yes, when they’re all set up, he get the full plan. However, there are still bits of the project standing out over the outside of the table. He, at that point, utilizes the planer and afterward the sander to smooth that surface. Previously, they used a delicate cutting edge called el kudchia to scratch the surface to clean it, yet the sharp edge would pass over little bits of the example and spread the filaments separated. The body was then somewhat permeable. The sander gives a completely smooth surface that won’t move any longer! They utilize the cutting edge more, aside from places where the sander cannot generally pass.

J.S. – That’s the point at which he’ll begin cleaning with the stamp…

A.J. – Not by any means, there is still some completing to be done: cost is in the wrapping up. Without the final details, maybe they hadn’t done anything. They need to clay to fill the interstices. He do it with sawdust-covered with the stick. It would be best if he utilized the sawdust recuperated during the sheets’ sanding to have the same shade of stain. From that point onward, he does another sanding stage. It is really at that time that he decorates the little bits of mother-of-pearl in spots burrowed with a drill. Each piece is sanded by hand with the goal that it doesn’t distend. It is crucial to go through one more day to clean the outside of the table with an electric sander with better sandpaper.

J.S. – And now he will change to the tampon.

A.J. – Not yet, he need to consummate this work with light. To do that, he softens some flame that he color and blend in with sawdust once more. With this flame, individually, he fills in all the holes that may exist. The last period of sanding is done entirely by hand, with the paper previously exhausted by the past sanding and practically smooth. The table is then prepared for wrapping up. The initial step is to cover it with table oil. The wood is left for a couple of hours to assimilate the oil. At the point when it is dry, at that point, begin working with a cushion. In any case, before that, they need to discuss the outskirt and the legs. The edge of the table is the cerkos [from “hoop”]. He stick under the edge of the tabletop a roundabout crown of 11.5 cm. 10 cm are attached under the top, and the crown projects 1.5 cm outwardly. This makes an edge on which he, on the other hand, stick little blocks of lemon and cedar. The paste should be left to dry for two days. At that point, under the table, he place a thicker outskirt framed by curves of circles 40 cm long, 12 to 20 cm wide, and 3 cm thick, which he stick under and nail with headless nails. On enormous tables, this edge has a shoulder that will frame an outskirt to have the option to put a glass top that will ensure the top.
Every one of these augmentations is followed, trimmed, and cleaned precisely like the table’s highest point.

J.S. – In this opportunity, they go to the cushion staining. Does him make a unique stamp for each table?

A.J. – No, it takes a very long time to make a decent stamp. A genuine seal should be made with fleece, not cotton. A tuft of fine fleece is detained in tight material, drenched with shellac weakened in liquor, and hung up; each day, they add this stain and fix the fabric. Toward the finish of a couple of months, one gets a stamp that one can remove from the cloth and will have the option to be valuable to them for the years. At the point when it is dry, it is hard as stone! At that point, they douse it, and they leave it in an all-around shut box. When made more adaptable, they envelop it with a piece of fabric, and they can start the cleaning while all-running routinely so as not to leave a follow. It takes a day for two individuals for a huge table, each cleaning one portion of the top. The equivalent is accomplished for all noticeable pieces of the table.

J.S. – The table is done.

A.J. – All that is left to do is to fix the legs.

J.S. – What amount of time does this work, at last, require for him, between the second him begin sawing the loads up and the second the table is prepared?

A.J. – For a table with a measurement of 1.20 m, for instance, it takes around a month on the off chance that him work two by two. For a 1.4-meter table, it takes a month and a half. For a 1.60 m table, it can take three months.

J.S. – Now they should discuss costs. What amount does he sell for a 1.20m table, for instance?

A.J. – 5,000 dirhams for a 1.20m table, and up to 13,000 dirhams for a 1.60m table.

J.S. – With that, he needs to pay all the costs, in addition to his work and that of the disciple. What is the cost of the crude material in this?

A.J. – With wood, stick, all the provisions, for a 1.20 m table, somewhere in the range of 1,500 and 2,000 dirhams.

J.S. – And for a 1.60 m table?

A.J. – It takes around 4,000 dirhams. Yet, for my situation, he works with the proprietor of my workshop who pays under costs, just as the crude material, and who gives him a large portion of the cost of what he made. To have the option to get by, he takes on an understudy, which permits him to do a few works simultaneously.

J.S. – And him pay the understudy’s compensation consistently?

A.J. – he pay the student out of my offer. However, he’s delivered on a piecework premise. There is no month to month pay. Toward the finish of every week, he can get development on a lot of the table. There is no fixed compensation. It resembles that all over, it relies upon the work done.

  1. – He gets paid if the table is sold. That is how him, in some cases, find ludicrous costs for this work, when him need to offer to bring in cash?

A.J. – It’s mainly for the individuals who offer items to bazaarists, mostly just before a gathering: the skilled worker is obliged to sell at any cost! That is the point at which the bazaarists make stocks that they purchase at unimaginable prices. In any case, he quite often works to arrange.

J.S. – This is just the situation for genuine maâlmines. One final inquiry before he let him return to his work: does all that how’ve quite recently disclosed to him about a table likewise apply to different items him make?

A.J. – For marquetry, it’s a similar work, regardless of its seats, beds, and chests. By and by, he don’t make little articles or models, just furnishings.

J.S. – he can disclose to him all that him let him know in my book?

A.J. – My kainmouchkil, as long as him need, my pleasure!

  1. – Tbark Allah aakk, a Si Abdelkarim, Allah he aaouenek, God favor him, may He help him.

To win her life…
A testimony of MaalemAbdeslemAmsguine.

He began when he was 10 years of age. Presently he’s more than 70. My lord was Omar El-Âalj. To start with, he just mothered of-pearl. It took twenty years to realize how to function admirably. The issue with experts is rivalry. There are workshops everywhere in the city. Everyone watches what the other is doing. On the off chance that a skilled worker thinks of thought for an improved box that can be made quicker, everybody needs to embrace it because the bazaarist will say, “See that crate? It’s in the same class as yours, and he saves money on it, he can get it for 30 dirhams. For what reason should he pay 50”, and for similar reasons, they jumble up the completion, they don’t stain within. Around 1950, there were scarcely six bazaarists. Today they can presently don’t check them.

At that point, a 20 x 12 cm box was sold for 2 dirhams now.

Once, he had a contention with a bazaarist, and he kept my crates at home. When he approached him for the stock, he disclosed to him that he had nothing to sell. He saw the boxes he had made. He let him know: “They are not available to be purchased. They are just there for him to take a gander at them! “He circumvented the craftsmen of La Scala, where, at that point, there was no bazaar except for just workshops. He let them know: “Keep his containers and sell them straightforwardly to the travelers. From the start, the more significant part of them didn’t confide in him or required cash. However, when they saw that it was working, that he could offer to sightseers, they did likewise. Rather than taking the cases to the bazaars, they held up a few days and sold them straightforwardly. All him required was for a gathering of travelers to come to La Scala and for every vacationer to purchase an armband at 5 dirhams to get by. Presently, they not, at this point, come to La Scala. The mistletoe of the travelers take them straightforwardly to the large bazaars and contact their jeeba.

The Current Difficulties

This chapter focuses on interviews with artisans and other stakeholders in the Essaouira timber market, administration surveys, and publications by researchers at the University of Morocco.

The central pattern of a table due to the maalemAbdelkarim Jord.

The fight for survival

While the city is encountering critical advancement on account of the travel industry, oddly, marquetry confronts a genuine emergency on a few fronts. The plenty of skilled workers is producing rivalry that is driving costs to dreadfully low levels. This equivalent reason presents extreme dangers to the timberland, and, confronted with this circumstance, the calling can’t rebuild itself.

The lovely art is sustained with trouble on account of a couple of people meriting the name of maâlem. To be deserving of this capability, it is crucial to dominating a few specialties: joinery, marquetry appropriate, wood form, machine, wood paint… Such preparation can need from five to ten years of training. A few bosses have profited by practicing genuine works of art while attempting to send their expertise via preparing disciples.

Before the bounty of merchandise, it is now and again hard for the passing traveler to recognize an article made with care and made to last and an object of low quality.

This is the reason perceived experts, declining to mess up their work or to sell a quality item at the retail cost, have quit any pretense of rehearsing their exchange to become taxi drivers or even retail cigarette dealers or parking garage monitors.

Most intramural workshops have, bit by bit, transformed into bazaars, because of their situation on the circuits utilized by sightseers; this development has quickened significantly since the mid-1990s with the tension on property costs coming about because of Europeans’ captivation by the city.

In rivalry with the old ones, another class of specialists, by a long shot the most various, is comprised of each one of the individuals who have found in this action a method of getting away from endemic joblessness in the district: laborers laid off after the conclusion of sardine and cowhide production lines, jobless alumni or workers driven out of the field in long stretches of the dry season.

With stopgap hardware, they frequently work at home or in the little shops that structure the primary floor of the houses in the new town’s lodging domains: squeezed, inadequately ventilated and dim premises, where they are presented to word related ailments because of the inward breath of sawdust and the breathing of the liquor utilized in the cleaning activity. The experts who draw the examples and joining are additionally in danger of weakened vision.

Albeit, luckily, youngsters must be utilized during school travels, their work comprises principally in cleaning completed articles for quite a long time at a compensation of 20 dirhams per week. Ladies’ job is additionally restricted in this area: it is associated with the production of articles in an enormous arrangement when a broker gets orders for a few thousand indistinguishable pieces.

Some experts have gotten comfortable with the open country and carry their creation to the city.

The standard pay of a skilled worker.

In 1991, an investigation (3) assessed the pay of a craftsman utilizing two specialists at 4,900 dirhams every month. A later report (5) estimates the average salary of all craftsmen at 2,000 dirhams.

Today, the most generally depicted circumstance can be summed up by the accompanying model: An expert working alone, represent considerable authority in the production of rectangular boxes of 20 cm by 12 cm, will create around ten every week. His customer will offer them at the cost of 60 to 70 dirhams each and pay half to the maker; indeed, he will frequently deduct this sum from the craftsman’s obligation to him. On the off chance that he is sufficiently fortunate to discover orders consistently, and whenever he has paid for the crude material, the different fixings, power, and the lease for his workshop, the specialist will profit by a gross month to month pay of 1,400 dirhams, for example, a net gain of around 1,000 dirhams.

The instability of the high-quality condition

The accompanying portions from the exciting work Marrakech, legacy in danger, because of Pr. Mohammed El-Faië, even though he was investigating a monetary truth of the city of Marrakech, can be applied to a couple of things to the artworks of Essaouira.

“Regardless of whether they produce masterpieces or useful articles, experts are right now dependent upon the intensity of a couple of notables who choose at the degree of cooperatives and partake in the debasement of the states of the art movement.

“They recall the monetary and social circumstance toward the finish of the only remaining century [the 19th], set apart by the use of international alliances with the European powers, the expansion in state tax assessment and the revolt of distinctive companies (leather treaters, babushers, shoemakers…..). The Protectorate specialists appear to have been very much aware of the threats of helpful association and order. Henceforth the mediation of an organizational rebuilding system restricts the aggressiveness and dealing intensity of artisans and their agent establishments.

“The institutional changes that have occurred since autonomy (making of cooperatives and specialty chambers) at first raised plenty of expectations. However, today they stimulate doubt and dissatisfaction. While not advancing the whole distinctive world, the cooperatives have filled in as a springboard for a couple of craftsman supervisors who have set up huge bazaars, exploited assessment motivating forces and monetary accessibility, and weaved a rewarding organization with travel services, guides, and different middle people. The travel industry’s advancement has essentially profited these social classes and barely profited the mass of artisans.

The last mentioned, a large portion of them disorderly, are enduring the full effect of the emergency. They are helpless before the enormous craftsman supervisors, shippers, “bazaarists”, and different mediators who diminish their overall revenues, essentially keeping them to a working-class condition. This clarifies the way that most skilled workers accept that work establishes their most prominent capital.

Commercialization unbalanced

The complete number of individuals living today from painstaking cedar work isn’t known. In 1992, an examination by the Essaouira Water and Forestry Department checked 1,700, including 440 maâlmine, 250 artisans, and 1,000 understudies. In 1994, this investigation studied 3,600 craftsmen: 900 maâlmine, 300 turners, and 2,400 disciples.

The most precise examination is without a doubt that of Abdeljalil Chakir (5), who utilized the consequences of an evaluation, finished in 1998, of all craftsman markers in the city of Essaouira, checking 6,300 craftsmen (1) that the creator ordered into three sub-populaces:

One comprises youngsters “who are entering the employment market and who locate no alternate way out or source other than in working with cedar, particularly the stump.” They are split between the individuals who practice machine work and the individuals who shape veils, creatures, or dynamic structures pretty much well. Abdeljalil Chakir tallies an aggregate of 1,953 artisans in this class;

At that point, there are the individuals who accomplish the necessary work of veneering or turning and who utilize the two stumps and boards: in each of the 3 087;

The third sub-populace “comprises predominantly previous experts or their supporters, who hold the craft of working the cedar amble, all the more accurately the boards, with hand instruments.”

Nonetheless, when the older folks are addressed, they consent to allow the title of maâlem to just around thirty dynamic artisans. Many of them own their workshops and generally work to arrange from their clients; the others can’t stand to set up all alone and work for bazaars or financial specialists, government employees or retailers, who bear all the costs. The complete number of stores is around 900 and the absolute number of occupations 9,000 (6).

The last figure incorporates all individuals living from cedar marquetry: woodcutters, carriers, sawmill representatives, bazaars, merchants, cargo forwarders.

It should be brought up that some specialists have emigrated to Agadir to draw nearer to the asset, as the Essaouira woods can at this point don’t give the crude material. They carry their product to Essaouira or Marrakech, which were specialists who supply the souk likewise practice.

Of the recently settled craftsmen, just about 10% have gotten preparing at a professional instructional hub. In the specialty complex close to Bâb Marrakech, the art appointment’s instructional seat gives courses in leatherwork, carpentry, and marquetry. In 1995-1999, out of 182 experts prepared, 118 were designed in marquetry, a figure to be contrasted and the 6,300 craftsmen recognized.

As of late, a reformist preparing program has been set up by the Ministry of Handicrafts: it comprises distinguishing perceived expert specialists and entrusting them with youthful understudies who have finished their tutoring in introductory classes. As a trade-off for an expense of 250 dirhams for each student and as per the same program. This kind of activity, which is intriguing, would have merited a thorough development to stay away from the specialists’ coaches’ assignment involving clienteles instead of their capacity to communicate their insight. Likewise, it would have been essential to guarantee that the preparation had been appropriately given and that the youngsters had not been utilized exclusively as free work.

Notwithstanding these endeavors, the serious rivalry among artisans brought about a persistent decrease in quality and impoverishment, everything being equal.

The managerial association

The activity of the partnership endures, but seriously, until the finish of the 1960s: a boss, the amîn, an executive, the mohtasseb, responsible for authorizing the choices of the amîn, yet also the commitment to arrive at a specific degree of preparing with an expert before having the option to settle down, quality control, and even a particular type of regard for imaginative property.

By 1968, the capacity of mohtasseb had vanished. The assignment of an amîn for every area of the art perseveres today. Picked in 1972, Abdelkader El-Hemri is the amîn of the organization of markers. He doesn’t fabricate anymore, yet he holds a store in the specialty business, and his title has just a privileged worth.

The Dahir of 1963 made the art chambers supplant some self-administration by a focal government’s managerial association. The first high-quality office of Essaouira was just completed in 1992; meanwhile, the rule of the Shabchhara had been set up. This term and that of Maalinechkara, which individually signify “companions of the choukara” and “those of the choukara,” allude to shippers who put resources into detailed work as they would do in some other worthwhile action.

Somewhere in the range of 1968 and 1992, the intensity of the Shabchkkara was organized and ready to redirect for its advantage all the organization’s activities.

The specialty chamber made in 1992, reestablished in 1997 and afterward in 2002, should speak to all the skilled workers of Essaouira and the area: markers, gem dealers, yet additionally beauticians, hammam proprietors, bike repairers, bread broiler proprietors, and so forth The individuals from these callings choose agents for a very long time, who delegate one of them as president for a very long time. When named, the president has extensive powers, and the agents cannot act.

The Ministry of Handicrafts controls the number of agents under dark conditions that have recently permitted rich bazaars to be methodically delegated. The strategy has comprised of over-speaking provincial artisans, who are less proficient and simpler to control. For the appointment of Essaouira’s first high-quality chamber in 1992, the service doled out five agents to the city’s craftsmen and five to those from the open country. This lopsidedness was additionally complemented during the 1997 and 2002 reestablishments.

Notwithstanding the distinctive chamber, the Ministry designates a representative for makes. The forces of the last appear to be somewhat decreased regarding a sloppy calling, despite affiliations that are themselves sabotaged by the independence of the skilled workers because of the instability of their material circumstance.

Sales in Essaouira’s stores alone account for 95% of production, while the remainder is shipped to other tourist cities in Morocco or abroad. 96% of the artisans sell their output to bazaars in the town, and 3% supply resellers from other towns. Just 1% have a workshop of their own and sell their products without intermediaries.

Since it is recharged consistently, a fascinating customer base is that of gatherings of sightseers from Marrakech or Agadir, or making a visit through Morocco and committing a day to Essaouira. These gatherings are diverted by the aides, only to the stores of the few grandest bazaars.

When the gathering shows up in Essaouira, the guide typically stops vacationers from shopping in little stores. The appearance that the product there would be of lower quality and would hazard being misshaped once taken back to Europe the wood would not have been appropriately dried previously. He encourages them to stand by until they are taken to the “great stores,” guaranteeing that they have quality items made utilizing more secure strategies. This is bogus because, in the colossal premises over-burden with stock where the guide will take them straightforwardly, little consideration is paid to quality. Their proprietors, the renowned Shabchkara, would have the option to change to some other business on the off chance that it was not, at this point, beneficial enough due to the alienation of purchasers or the decimation of the backwoods asset.

Denied of any chance of contrasting quality and costs, sightseers in these gatherings are punished from the start by the commission paid to the guide, which is about 30% of the selling cost. This informal commission is alluded to as jeéba, which signifies “tip,” to remind the guide who brought the customer of the type of ticket moved up and slipped to him. Today, the sums included have far surpassed what can be dropped from hand to submit this way.

This type of revenue for guides with an official plate (“the permit to fly,” said the little experts) is gainful to the point that the gatherings are the subject of a genuine exchange between the visit administrators’ delegated guides and the nearby aides!

This gadget permits a few huge merchants to redirect the sustenance for their sole advantage and, simultaneously, manage the market by enslaving artisans who can barely handle it without their requests.

The guide’s bonus is added to the ordinary edge to charge costs. Moreover, dealers infrequently endeavor the “hotshot”: instances of huge pieces, work areas, or huge tables are regularly referred to, with the expert purchasing 5,000 to 8,000 dirhams and the bazaars exchanging them for 30,000 to 40,000 dirhams and transportation them to the client’s home someplace in Europe or the United States. Similar enormous vendors additionally trust orders from abroad or from Moroccan organizations.

The little bazaars, spread all through the city, will need to manage with singular travelers. Some experts figure out how to chip away at request for a demographic that they hold because of their works’ nature.

The wholesalers who supply different urban areas of Morocco and unfamiliar shippers get their provisions from the numerous skilled workers introduced in the new city’s lodging domains, assembling objects in arrangement.


The fare of thuja painstaking work made in Essaouira is done in various structures, all high quality.

This isn’t all sold locally and removed in the bags of sightseers solely close to home use. Also, they can’t talk about genuine advertising abroad for all the bazaars transport in the interest of clients who would prefer not to be irritated for the remainder of their excursion.

The fare division should, in this way, be saved for exchanges that bring about a resale abroad.

In this specific circumstance, three types of fare can be recognized:

The most well-known practice can be depicted as “periodic” trade: a voyager, a migrant getting back to France, takes in a van a supply of products to be sold in business sectors, swap meets, or individual stores represent considerable authority in artworks. A Franco-Moroccan understanding absolves this product from any traditions charge; frequently, this is just an occasional and non-lasting movement for the merchants.

The second type of fare is more expert. It is by and large rehearsed by a dealer who makes it his sole or fundamental action to feature an adequately announced miniature venture. The source is more broadened: fairs, markets, stores spend significant time in Moroccan specialties. Regularly, thuja objects speak to just a little extent of the action, this one. Additionally, concerning ceramics from Fez or Safi, calfskin, brassware, and so on. For this situation, the administrators consistently underline the challenges raised by the advertising of articles in thuja: mishappenings because of temperature varieties, the delicacy of the staining abnormality of creation.

A promoting experience in France. With a conceptual foundation, Viviane labored for a very long time at the French secondary school in Marrakech before dispatching into the showcasing in France of thujasouiri handiwork items. Along these lines, she connects all that she adores: Morocco, Essaouira, handiworks, wood. Besides, it tosses a scaffold with Normandy, her local district, where she has her next home and stop.

In 1997, she put every one of her investment funds – 50,000 francs – on this wager: 15,000 francs for her organization’s production in France and 30,000 francs to buy and transport the top stock. Luckily, a Franco-Moroccan understanding excludes this product from any standard charge. Taking an interest in an exchange reasonable, she sells all her stock and returns to Essaouira to restock. Interest in exchange fairs is costly; however, zeroing in on quality permits her to slowly develop reliable customers – extravagance writing material stores and blessing stores – in some significant French urban areas.

Be that as it may, he needed to contend energetically: present at least meticulousness in his dealings with specialists, carefully select the product and regularly decline up to 70% of damaged things. Following seven years, a modest bunch of providers acknowledged these principles. In any case, each piece should be kept an eye on appearance in France, those with the smallest scratch or flawed stain should be fixed and stepped once more, and any deformities that have gotten away on location review should be amended. This is not reflected in business costs.

Different requirements were forced: to decline enormous requests that the makers can’t fulfill, cause clients to comprehend that the creation technique permits just an exceptionally little digressive of expenses with the amounts and the guidelines’ variances.

Disregarding the thorough choice of items and the interest for quality, rivalry with wild imports powers to contain costs. This tension on fees and the cutoff points inborn in the pretty much anarchic creation strategy that presently wins don’t permit such an action to arrive at an adequate level to accomplish benefit. A decent portion of persistence and energy is accordingly needed to advertise fine cedar craftsmanship in Europe today.

With a turnover that fluctuates enormously starting with one year then onto the next and scarcely surpasses 8,000 euros for each year, Viviane can provide neither interpretation of a worker nor bear the cost of an excellent compensation. She may never have made any benefit if she had needed to pay a lease for the store made accessible to her by her grandma. This experience shows that Essaouira’s marquetry items’ fare will consistently be a minor marvel and can’t offer an answer for the current emergency.

The best act of this type of fare has appeared on the contrary page: it is without question the most expert approach to improving their items’ nature under current creation conditions. It guesses an extraordinary venture of oneself, a piece of excellent information on the specific circumstance, individual connections with the specialists, for pay at long last unobtrusive contrasted with the work gave. It accordingly requires incredible enthusiasm to succeed, so a couple of individuals endure as long as the shipper referenced in their crate.

The third type of fare is as yet in its earliest stages and brings up a central point of interest about this specialty’s development. At present, it happens that a shipper submits a request, to the Cooperative or a bazaar, for a few hundred articles. As a general rule, the mentioned provider is overpowered by the assignment’s extent; when he doesn’t decline the request inside and out, he splits it among a few specialists and needs to battle for quite a long time get the challenges and determinations regarded.

The target of particular affiliations, and the pretty much away from studies and advancement ventures, is to locate a suitable reaction to this sort of solicitation, which is frequently communicated. This would require beating an inconsistency inborn in this specialty’s creation method, dissipated in microstructures not helpful for assembling controlled and consistent quality.

More or less, the issue isn’t such a massive amount in the advancement of promoting as in the association of creation: for instance, in an affiliated system permitting specialists to have better-prepared workshops marginally and to profit by a productive administration structure.

The current UNIDO venture, depicted in the following section on endeavors to improve association, moves toward this path.

Furthermore, the asset is getting scant 

Essaouira’s district is the only one to rehearse for a vast scope of a specialty dependent on cedarwood. Nonetheless, over-misuse, flames, touching, and injurious tapping have implied that the area’s woods is not, at this point, ready to address the issues of the site. The typical age of the timberland stand being in the request for 60 to 70 years, it will take those numerous years for the feet to have the option to give quality boards… given that various significant administration measures are taken critically.

It is subsequently understood that, if the steadily expanding number of skilled workers causes in the momentary a drop like items and a decrease in everybody’s pay, it has a similarly hazardous impact on the woodland asset. For quite a long time, and up until the mid-1980s, supply was not an issue. Nearby coverings provided the stumps and boards only to the high-quality markers: from the town of Essaouira, regarding month-to-month quantities, at practically representative costs and heavily influenced by Eaux et Forêts.

The widespread expansion has changed the present circumstance by setting off furtive logging and solid theory. The ranger service specialists reacted to this in 1990 by suspending all extraction grants. Afterward, they set up two cooperatives in 1995 and 1996, at Smimou and Aït-Daoud, to supply burr thuja. They are just permitted to take stumps from dead trees. Logs imported from different locales are provided by around fifteen distribution centers spread all through the city (5).

Regardless of these endeavors at defense, Essaouira Province is not, at this point, to guarantee the stock of crude material, which is generally subject to woodlands outside the territory. It has gotten absolutely subject to them for logs and generally (likely 60%) for stumps. Lumber, particularly burr, is deceitfully taken from the State woods of Agadir, Taroudant, and Khemisset.

Abdeljalil Chakir, presently Water and Forestry Engineer at Essaouira, in the wake of examining the cycle that prompted the circumstance that wins today, make some exceptionally relevant proposals for receiving in return (S) :

Introduce the utilization of different species related to the thuja,

Jimiter the extent of amplifying glass in fabricated items,

Jimiter the utilization of machine innovation, which squanders up to half of the crude material,

Use methods to slice facade 1 to 2 mm thick rather than the standard 5 to 10 mm.

The necessary measures to improve the articles’ specialized nature are likewise known: sum up the drying by utilizing dehumidification dryers when necessary. Do pre-medicines that will restrict the deficiency of crude material during fabricating, and evade the crumbling of completed items put in less muggy conditions than those of Essaouira.

The usage of adequate measures can’t be guaranteed by the Water and Forests Administration alone, nor by some other element alone, nor without a significant rearrangement of the whole area.

There is a genuinely comprehensive agreement on the imperative changes that should be made on a fundamental level. Yet, their execution faces the confusion of the area, the variety of entertainers, the unstable monetary circumstance of the craftsmen – which drives them to reason on an everyday premise – lastly, the inundation of non-experts who find here the only response to endemic joblessness in the city.


Artisans who dream of cleaning up the trade by restoring minimum standards, fair wages, and reasonable forest exploitation, feel helpless to alter the situation and are discouraged by the assignment’s size. The rivalries that underlie all the debate lead to resisting any reform and strengthening the notables’ supremacy.

Will this handicap be solved by existing attempts to organize better?

To escape the current emergency, reflections, recommendations, and activities arise at all levels: public, nearby, and global.

A White Paper 

A public class, coordinated under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, occurred in September 2001. It brought about the drafting of a White Paper on Crafts and Trades (7). In the wake of reviewing the area’s monetary load and recognizing its qualities and shortcomings, this White Paper causes various propositions to rebuild it, build up its seriousness, advance activities, and improve specialists’ economic well-being.

Above all else, it proposes a definition that recognizes craftsmanship from creation or administration exchanges: craftsmanship is any movement that “basically considers human mediation, so physical work stays transcendent and indispensable, without barring, notwithstanding, the commitment of capital and the utilization of machine apparatuses; the additional worth coming about because of the level of automation and the degree of innovation should remain lower than that subsequent from the expert aptitude of the specialists.”

Superior representativeness of the high-quality chambers is looked for by embracing a democratic framework to give a more expert character to their chosen authorities.

In any case, there is a long way from the assertion of general standards for their usage. The arrangement is to be looked for in the creation or reinforcement of expert affiliations and cooperatives.

Notwithstanding the quest for a better portrayal of experts, suggestions are made for preparing, the advancement of expert elites, normalization, and quality control. The consolation of development and innovativeness, insurance of modern and aesthetic property, making miniature credit frameworks and bank advances more available and better adjusted to the necessities of the area.

All the conditions helpful for the support and improvement of a living art industry are all around characterized.

Impromptu estimates followed the distribution of the White Paper. In this manner, a declaration proclaimed on March 26, 2001, has come about since the late spring of 2002 of every a prohibition on the fare of items made with a gigantic amplifying glass gauging multiple kilos and any article made on a machine. This has just made it conceivable to save the asset to some degree, and specifically to stop the traffic of specific European merchants: they take the crude material by disregarding an obscure stain it to introduce it as a model; yet once out of the nation. They have it cut up and utilized in the facade, for instance, rather than mahogany for the inside trim of top-of-the-range vehicles.

Sadly, since the White Paper distribution, aside from these erratic measures, no critical advances have been taken towards the ideal revolutionary change, and it will likely take numerous years and numerous battles to execute the suggested actions viably.

Relationship of experts 

The most established affiliation is the Artisanal Cooperative of Chuya Wood Marker Patterns, referred to all as the “Agreeable of Marker Patterns” or, basically, “the Cooperative.” Its chiefs gladly review that it was the first, of course, nature in Morocco. Made in 1949 by the French organization of the Protectorate, it has made due from that point forward with good and bad times. The current supervisory crew is attempting to resurrect it.

As indicated by the resolutions in power, the experts wishing to join apply for enrollment, analyzed at an overall gathering. The general get-together votes in the wake of having perused the data on the applicants’ experiences. When the specialist has collaborated and paid an emblematic extra charge, he turns into a part forever.

The Cooperative has premises, including a workshop, given by the State. Individuals can utilize the machines (saws, planers, and so forth) for a monetary commitment. In a bordering store, the craftsmen show their items and get their due once their merchandise is sold, leaving the Cooperative a commission of 10 to 20%; some of the time, the Cooperative purchases the creation at a cost settled upon by the two players. The Cooperative could unify the acquisition of crude materials. However, this isn’t yet polished.

Notwithstanding immediate deals in its store, the Cooperative now acquires orders for trade from passing guests. At that point, it disseminates the request among all or a portion of its individuals as per their forte. These requests fluctuate from year to year from under 10% to 30% of the Cooperative’s all-out turnover.

The variance of traveler traffic plays a similar way for both neighborhood and fare markets. In this manner, for a base 100 out of 2001 preceding the full effect of the “September 11” impact, deals tumbled to 60 out of 2002 and 25 of every 2003. The year 2004 should see an upswing.

Individuals are allowed to sell their creation by some other methods for their decision out of the 64 individuals included in 2004. A third consistently utilize the Cooperative to sell all or part of its items, another third uses it at times or for massive requests spread more than a few workshops, the third being made out of “apparition” individuals.

Among the current group’s undertakings to revive the Cooperative with UNIDO’s assistance (United Nations Industrial Development Office), agents are making a subsequent showroom, distributing an inventory, and setting up a site.

The Cooperative likewise looks to counter the diversion of gatherings to private bazaars, regularly introduced as cooperatives, regardless of whether this may sensibly intrigue aides or travel services.

The Marker Cooperative ventures could be reasonably supplemented, through closer joint effort, by those of the second relationship of artisans, the Association Professionnelle du Amis du thuya (APAT), which thinks regarding quality names, economy, and broadening of crude material to safeguard the woods.

Subsequently, APAT introduced a miniature financing system of the Global Environment Facility. An arrangement was endorsed in January 2000 among APAT and the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) agents in Morocco. The principle target of this undertaking is to energize “manageable” craftsmanship to secure the climate, mostly the thuja wood asset. A blueprint is given in the accompanying part: “Protecting the woods.”

The presentation of marks dependent on item quality, along with fitting estimating, would effectively be a significant advance forward. The Ministries of Handicrafts, Economic, Employment, Environment, and Agriculture all have a personal stake in this redesign, which is likewise wanted by little craftsmen, expert affiliations, and global bodies engaged with the discussion.

In this unique situation, mindfulness among travelers of the physical, social, and financial issues holed up behind the mountains of articles showed in the bazaars could be a significant factor. The quest for the most cautious and “environmental” item would swap the pursuit for the article haggled at the least cost. Such mindfulness would come at the right opportunity to help specialists’ affiliations and NGOs’ activities to rearrange the whole area. It would likewise support the activities of the organization. It might also wind up stimulating the premium of certain private financial specialists whose investment is similarly as crucial.

Worldwide associations

Activities are arising under the aegis of global associations.

In 2001, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) authorized a specialist to help rearrange the marquetry business in Essaouira and the ceramics business in Safi, a more effective program on the improvement of beneficial neighborhood frameworks and business networks in Morocco. In this equivalent structure, a mission concerns cowhide craftsmanship in Fez.

At first, a Consortium was made to send out as a restricted organization. The point was to put together the fare to Europe of articles adjusted to this market and intended to save crude material. Different activities were taken for preparing, quality marking, usage of specialized methods… Instructional classes for skilled workers have been coordinated both locally and in Italy. A market concentrate in a few urban areas in Morocco has likewise been attempted.

A persuasive report

They replicate underneath a portion of the Report’s features following the main module of the Training Course on Wood Handicrafts held in the Essaouira region (Morocco) from 23 to 27 September 2002 inside the structure of the UNIDO venture, Agenzisdei Servizi Forrnatividella Provincia di Cunso.

The wood structure makes the area in Essaouira very divided, with many little creation units that, much of the time, complete similar work and items, immersing the nearby market and making an abundance of supply despite a set number of wholesalers and purchasers.

This expansion of distinctive workshops with similar creations produces solid rivalry and without a doubt speaks to a brake on the advancement of collaborative practices that would improve quality, lessen creation costs, limit squander and professionalize the area.

With a couple of exceptional cases, the craftsmen visited indicated an urging propensity to tune in and an ability to improve their training, particularly in the Ounara zone, which is fringe to Essaouira and likely less influenced by the swelling of miniature ventures.

The creation cycle stays at a rudimentary level, firmly connected to everyday life and family needs, molding work, and leaving no chance of modernization and preparation.

The task of the Artisan Consortium inside the structure of UNIDO is without a doubt a decent reaction to the present circumstance, yet to create, in Morocco as in Italy, it requires the support and substantial responsibility of neighborhood artisans who should consider themselves to be the principal entertainers of the activity.

As they would see it, it is significant that the thuja remains the brand picture of this high-quality area. Be that as it may, this and different kinds of value wood, for example, midnight, ought to preferably be utilized to enhance creations dependent on lower quality wood.

The saving of thuja could reach up to 60-70% in the completed item.


These activities additionally faced the turn that Essaouira’s wood craftsmanship has taken since the 1980s with the advancement of the travel industry: the anarchic foundation of a large number of little workshops, dubious earnings because of rivalry, all of which can intensify the everyday independence of the craftsmen because for the more significant part of them, it is their endurance that is being referred to consistently.

The UNONUDI venture is reached out until the finish of 2006. One of its fundamental segments is to help the Cooperative endeavors, which its chiefs are looking to revive

The Future

So what future would they be able to seek after this movement? A significant inquiry when they recall that almost 10,000 positions are in question is that marquetry is by a wide margin the city’s populace’s immediate action. A decent third, if not a portion of its occupants, live from it.

Will the endeavors made by affiliations, nearby and public specialists, and worldwide associations be adequate to save this art, business, and the thuja woodland simultaneously?

In the most unfavorable situation, a modest bunch of specialists will keep on creating quality articles. Others, more ambitious and more open, will build up a couple of suitable workshops. However, by far, most of the large number of occupations included will turn out to be progressively tricky. Without referencing the dangers of the travel industry, emergencies will emerge due to the inevitable challenges, such as the expanding shortage of assets, the rising cost of crude materials, or the unavoidable estrangement of sightseers notwithstanding declining quality and the crumbling of the picture of these items. Each time several families lose their assets while newcomers to the calling will keep up the endless loop of low costs, prompting a decrease in quality. Simultaneously, the city will proceed to change itself into a massive bazaar of vacationer keepsakes gradually.

A less skeptical situation is possible. However, it would require solid political will and an enthusiastic arranging exertion.

A salvage plan would presumably need to incorporate preparing and motivating forces for groupings into more practical and better-prepared workshops and cooperatives. Altogether, the number of occupations in this action would need to be radically diminished, which would infer interests in different areas; these ventures would permit the reconversion of every one of the individuals who have little mien and taste for this art, which they practice for the absence of better chances. This would be joined by stringent controls to permit just the foundation of skilled workers properly prepared and who have drilled for quite a while with an expert, as was once needed by the calling’s custom.

This situation’s accomplishment would generally merit as much exertion as those conveyed to pull in the significant financial specialists in worldwide the travel industry.

The function of purchasers for a reestablishment of marquetry. 

Purchasers can likewise assume a positive function in the reestablishment of marquetry and the assurance of the timberland. They were dismissing objects made on a machine that showers half of valuable marble. They will incline toward things where the amplifying glass is utilized uniquely in the facade and will support the mix of materials, saving the thuja. They will acknowledge paying somewhat more for completely completed things, which will give them full fulfillment while permitting the experts to live adequately from their work.


Cedar, which is present in several regions of Morocco, plays an essential role in the forestry industry. Severely endangered, the protection and perpetuation of Essaouira’s marquetry must go hand in hand.

A species dear to the Souiris, the argan tree is equally endangered and deserves to be fiercely protected.

The thuya at Morocco

The Berber thuja – from its scientific name Térraclinisarticulata -, named arar in Arabic and azouka in Berber from the High Atlas, is the solitary thuja present in Morocco. This species, which is altogether different from the biota variety used to make up fences in Europe and the Callitris family that fills in Australia and New Caledonia, is solely kept to North Africa, with a couple of streams southeastern Spain and the island of Malta.

Morocco has 700,000 hectares or 80% of North Africa’s cedar woodlands. In the Essaouira district, the region involved by thuja is around 96,000 hectares, for example, 15% of the area’s all-out zone and 35% of its backwoods territory. In the Agadir district, the thuja is blended in with the argan tree and possesses a territory of around 20,000 hectares. Likewise, it is found in the regions of Marrakech, Khemisset, Taza, and Oujda, the last having the best potential (10).

The Berberian cedar’s storage compartment breadth, which differs from 6 to 10 centimeters in youthful stands, is 20 centimeters on regular in coppiced stands. The distances across 50 to 60 centimeters, which make it conceivable to acquire boards, are just stretched around the age of 100 to 150 years. The tree would then be able to be 10 to 12 meters high, incredibly 15 meters.

Its pitch emanates a ground-breaking smell that shields the wood from parasites and guarantees wonderful safeguarding; it was utilized to deliver the sandarac gum used in a drug store and stains’ production. Its extraction is taboo today due to the exceptionally unsafe ramifications for the plots of land being abused.

Effectively in Antiquity, the Romans valued the thuja under “citre” for the assembling of furniture. One discovered some of it, in Roman vestiges, completely safeguarded and still smelly.

The thuja gives a hefty, hard, and homogeneous wood of good mechanical quality. Aside from its utilization in the distinctive area, it provides kindling and administration wood. It is one of the uncommon resinous species equipped for dismissing stump, for example, to reshape a tree subsequent to being chopped down or after a fire.

The storage compartment (qaïiza) gives a light earthy colored wood finely streaked with similar veins. Simultaneously, the stump or burr (ider) has a tight cell structure, providing a surface of exceptional stylish appearance by its spotted look that agreeably consolidates dark tips encompassed by exchanging fair and earthy colored or dim red coronas. The reasons for the arrangement of thuja burls are inadequately known. It is credited to rehashed wounds and the activity of fire. They are colossal moles framing at the root collar, which can be up to one meter in breadth. It takes quite a few years for a 100-kilogram amplifying glass to frame and a few centuries for a 300-kilogram amplifying glass. Today, the amplifying glass is at risk of vanishing totally if the prohibition on taking live strains isn’t regarded.

Save the woods

A broad agreement exists on the measures to be taken to shield the cedar woods. Notwithstanding, they are difficult to actualize.

On page 57, they have referred to the suggestions of Abdeljalil Chakir, Water and Forestry Engineer at Essaouira.

Dr. Abdellatif Khattabi proposed him in the diary Tèrre et Vie in 1999 (11), yet they are too specialized to consider being introduced here.

The Association Professionnelle des Amis du thuya (APAT), as far as it concerns, has distributed some extremely fascinating recommendations that could lessen the utilization of chuya wood by about 25% (12) while empowering inventiveness in the calling.

Here are some expansive selections:

“The particular target of the undertaking is to advance among the cedar experts in Essaouira, practices to save the crude material during the different phases of wood handling and through the creation of things that satisfy environmental guidelines.

“To accomplish these goals, a few activities are arranged:

Decrease of misfortunes during the various phases of wood pre-treatment by executing improved cycles:

– making of the scope of new items (delicate articles, articles dependent on facade cycles, and articles dependent on substitute materials);

Execution of an eco-mark,

Execution of a showcasing methodology for new items created, through the quest for recent retail locations, and backing for the creation of limited time instruments:

Sharpening the experts of Essaouira and the neighborhood entertainers to the activities to be set up to defend the thuja wood to fulfill shoppers and wholesalers the same, craftsmen should put forth an extensive attempt at a few levels:

“The nature of the made items – this includes utilizing very much prepared wood to evade misshaping and breakage, quality stain and stick, and guaranteeing a decent completion of the item;

“Creativity -Shoppers just as by possible wholesalers especially value the assortment and recharging of articles. It is hence essential to animate the making of groundbreaking thoughts inside the affiliation. To establish an atmosphere of imitating between artisans, the association can, for instance, think about the accompanying recommendations:

Occasionally grant a prize (in money related or other structure) to the specialist who has had an extraordinarily inventive thought,

Secure manifestations to dodge their apportionment by other skilled workers.

“The costs – The extent of interviewees who state they consent to pay more for a named object is palatable. It is conceivable to think about compensating artisans’ endeavors with extra compensation and passing on the value of the additional expenses produced by the name. In any case, this excess ought not to surpass 20% of an unlabeled object’s selling cost so as not to debilitate cedar purchasers and likely wholesalers.

“The biological name – In request to construct trust in the environmental name, the affiliation proposes to make all the data concerning it accessible to all: name, logo, promises it offers, the arrangement of the control council and methods of allowing, locations of the retail locations where the items which profit by them are sold.

“The affiliation additionally intends to spread data about the condition of the cedar backwoods and the dangers it faces.

And the argan tree?

The argan timberland is a world selective of four regions of Morocco where this tree is endemic: Essaouira, Taroudant, Agadir, and Tiznit.

The all-out zone covered by the argan woodland in Morocco (and thusly on the planet) is 850 000 hectares incorporating 147 000 in the territory of Essaouira, about 20% of the aggregate and one and a half times the zone involved by the thuja.

Argan oil is made by hand in all provincial families in the area.

The argan tree’s product is as a nut encompassed by a mash and containing one, a few almonds. While the olive oil is removed from the mash, it is here the almond that is utilized to create argan oil: the ready organic product is physically squashed to guarantee the partition of the mash (except if it has just been isolated by ingestion and afterward discharge by goats); the stones are then crushed to deliver the bit, which is then simmered over low warmth; the cooked almonds are then ground and the glue acquired is added to heated water and afterward squeezed to extricate the oil.

In the wake of tapping, they acquire a tarnish oil with a trademark smell suggestive of hazelnut. For use in beautifiers, the cooking step is precluded.

Contingent upon the years, the trees’ presentation, and the working conditions, one hectare of backwoods produces somewhere in the range of zero and forty liters of oil. Twenty hours of work are needed to create one liter of oil sold somewhere in the field of 60 and 90 dirhams by singular makers. The cooperatives, which cencenc to pay all the more decently crafted by makers, sell the liter of good quality oil between 150 dirhams and 300 dirhams. In airtight fixed containers and pleasantly marked in the stores, the liter reaches 500 dirhams and then some.

This is likely the “most costly oil on the planet” (14). However, its cost is legitimized by its extraordinariness, by its gustative and dietary characteristics, and by the challenges of its production: each phase of the cycle includes a danger of debasement of the nature of the oil.

Skilled Moroccan researchers have defined themselves as the objective of contemplating argan tree items’ properties, improving yields, and ensuring the nature of creation. Some of them have likewise been intensely associated with setting up and advancing ladies cooperatives, just as in protecting the wood’s legacy. Their work has featured the extraordinary corrective and therapeutic capability of argan oil, notwithstanding its gustatory and dietetic characteristics.

In conventional medication, this oil is now utilized for body care to treat adolescent skin inflammation, chickenpox, and ailment. Moreover, arrangements dependent on argan oil – amlo and bsis – are accepted to strengthen and love potion properties.

The latest logical exploration uncovers that this oil has one of the most extravagant known substances of unsaturated fats, which gives it a defensive part against hyper cholesterol. Extremely wealthy in the enemy of free extreme atoms, it can thusly assume a role in securing against a few neurodegenerative and cardiovascular sicknesses and specific malignancies (13).

Until this point, the abuse of the argan tree is casual. Of the 2,000 to 3,000 tons of oil created every year, around 20 to 30 tons, or just 1%, come from distinctive cooperatives and are sold in helpful stores, in a couple of specific stores, or sent out in Europe to drug labs. The rest is devoured by makers or sold on the side of the road.

Effectively abused by goats and camels and as kindling, the argan tree is undermined with overexploitation if examining drug research facilities and the beautifiers business creates in an uncontrolled manner and if the wild fare of almonds isn’t immediately precluded. It is assessed that around 33% of the timberland is in danger of vanishing by 2008.

The furor for argan oil and the organically dynamic items removed from it is a danger, yet additionally, an open door for the neighborhood populace on the off chance that they can utilize it; really at that time will they activate to save their legacy. Among the essential measures, the lawful status of the argan woodland should be audited: as of now, clients, who have the privilege of usufruct, guarantee the privilege of responsibility for land to have the way to cure the corruption of the argan backwoods.

Helpful pioneers, nearby and worldwide affiliations, and Moroccan analysts have gotten this and are attempting to put together the area. UNESCO’s grouping of the argan tree as a biosphere save has not created any substantial outcomes to date. Yet, makers, researchers, managerial authorities, and NGOs keep on activating to ensure this asset is considered as a “rampart against desertification” and a brake on the country’s mass migration (14).

A Day of Reflection, held in Essaouira on May 31, 2003, under the aegis of the Essaouira-Mogador affiliation, made it conceivable to distinguish directions whose extreme objective is to safeguard biodiversity by ensuring this world legacy while empowering the neighborhood populace to all the more potential advantage from these riches.

A few goals were taken during this conference:

To start the cycle for acquiring a controlled epithet of root for the various results of the argan tree,

Demand a prohibition on the fare of any crude material from the argan tree,

To improve the lawful status of the woodland and the states of misuse and security of trees by the neighborhood populace,

Make a checking board for the task to support the area made out of researchers, NGO pioneers, helpful ladies’ chiefs and industrialists,

Demand the nullification of the harsh enlistment of the brand name “Argane” by a French lab,

– Promote education and specialized in preparing for nearby makers.

In opposition to the instance of thuja, where it is trusted all things considered to hinder the pace of debasement submitted by the destructuring of creation even with detonating request, there is as yet a little opportunity to sort out the abuse of the argan woods before it is past the point of no return.


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