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.
**One-size fits all shirt!!
**Me and SBD 1st Year lovelies lookin' good in the farasha!
Ilham, Mina and Aicha worked with me and produced three shirts each. To our delight, they all sold out day one of Marche Maroc Rabat! Success! Currently, we're working on another collection of farasha shirts. I couldn't be more happy.
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?