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Is it a Moroccan Kaftan Or a Moroccan Takchita?

Similar in appearance, Moroccan kaftans and Moroccan takchitas are completely different for Moroccan women. Nowadays, several non-Moroccan designers tend to confuse both styles, referring to them both as Moroccan kaftans. Although both are appropriate to wear on important celebrations like weddings and birthdays, there are a couple of basic differences that anyone who loves the Moroccan culture should know.

Moroccan kaftans are long dresses that can be plain, striped, or decorated with elegant and delicate embroidery. Made with a huge variety of colors, fabrics and patterns, kaftans can be customized in many different ways using some nice accessories.

Unlike kaftans, Moroccan takchitas are composed of two pieces. A long basic garment with no ornaments us used as a first layer called Tahtiya, with a more elaborate second layer or over-dress called Fouqia or Dfina. This second layer is often a kaftan with a lot of beautiful embroidery, beading and ornaments that often buttons up the front using the traditional sfifa and akaad closures.

While Moroccan kaftans are usually worn loosely, Moroccan takchitas are worn tighter with a belt known as Mdamma either made of silk, gold or silver, and adorned with precious stones like sapphires, emeralds, rubies or diamonds.

With Persian heritage roots, Moroccan kaftans and takchitas became popular in the West during late 60s and 70s when people, influenced by the hippie movement, were looking for something comfortable to wear. Since then, kaftans and takchitas have gained popularity in the fashion shows thanks to designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, JP Gaultier and Christian Lacroix.

Next time you see one in the red carpet or on the big screen, notice the difference, as they might refer to it as kaftan when it’s really not. If you’re considering purchasing an authentic Moroccan kaftan or a Moroccan takchita, visit the online store of Treasures of Morocco and browse through our Moroccan apparel and accessories. We provide free shipping to the Continental United States. Visit our website to learn more.

What to Wear in Morocco

If you’re a Westerner looking to take a trip to Morocco, you may want to do some research to see what you should wear during your travels.  Many have found there is insufficient information located online about what you should be wearing so we have compiled a blog that provides you with some information leaving

An Elegant Moroccan Jumpsuit

Somebody mentions the word, “jumpsuit,” and what do you immediately think? Maybe somebody about to jump out of a plane or someone in prison, but you certainly don’t think of anything fancy. Even in popular culture, jumpsuits are criticized, and at most, just used as costumes for musicians. So, what would you think if you

Myths About Traveling to Morocco

You may be considering a trip to Morocco, and if you’ve never been, you’ve probably been doing a lot of research on the Internet.  It’s important for you to brush up on the local customs and codes of behavior that are customary for tourists to abide by these etiquettes.  The owners of Treasures of Morocco are originally from Morocco, and they travel there every summer in order to handpick items for our store.  They are accustomed with the many myths that have been floating around that could deter you from visiting such a beautiful place, but we’re here to set you straight.

Myth #1: A woman must wear a headscarf to be respectful of local traditions.

The headscarf is called a hijab, and it’s a religious tradition for Muslim women. In Morocco, women aren’t required to wear a headscarf to cover their heads, and in bigger cities, such as Marrakesh, the locals are used to Western wear. Although covering your head isn’t required, you must know the modesty is an expectations so make sure you’re covering your shoulders, arms and legs out of respect.

Myth #2: It’s rude to barter in a country that doesn’t have as strong as an economy as the United States, and you should always pay the asking price.

Moroccan street vendors expect the customers to come in a barter, and many of those vendors actually enjoy the bartering process.  The business owners of Marrakesh and other larger cities are very savvy business people, and they understand the value of the goods they’re selling, not only in Morocco, but also in the United States, Canada and Western Europe.

Myth #3: You can and should eat anything that is cooked.

There are several restaurants in larger cities like Marrakesh that are Westernized, and you can certainly get recommendations for places to eat from concierges or guides that you can trust.  Even if it’s cooked, you may experience unsafe food practices that contaminate the food and aren’t regulated as they are in the United States.  Try to stick to the one-pot meals, like the beef or chicken tagine, because it involves less meal prep.
If you’re interested in traveling to Morocco, and you’d like to get some apparel to help you fit in, try visiting our website.  We have a variety ofMoroccan apparel options that you can choose from, and we offer free shipping!

Best Restaurants in Marrakesh

If you’re planning a trip to Marrakesh, you’re certainly in for a treat!  There are so many different restaurants located in Marrakesh, you’re sure to experience culinary differences that you’ve never even considered.  Treasures of Morocco have some great recommendations for you so that you can eat like a king during your trip and experience the wide variety of restaurants available in the beautiful city of Marrakesh.

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