Such was my delight when I arrived in the Souss region. Here, the women drape themselves with colorful mhlef. The mhlef are four and a half meter lightweight, cotton sheets. It marks a girl's coming of age or womanhood. I have long admired this flowing, vibrant fabric. Mhlef color the Souss with playful hues of life.
Ain Chaib Association has started making the farasha using this fabric. Farasha means butterfly in Arabic. It has a simple yet flattering cut, with "flutter wings" as sleeves. Farasha takes the traditional mhlef and creates a shirt of modern appeal.
Let's just hope this and my two years working with the Association has a "butterfly effect" on their lives. Did you know I only have six months left?