The magnificent light of Essaouira inspires
and filmmakers find Essaouira an interesting
setting. The medina with its picturesque genuine look, the small
fishing port and the beach of the Atlantic ocean. The colonial
styled industrial quarters,
historical monuments as Scala
Kasbah and Dar Sultan
give Essaouia Mogador an oriental appeal and charm.
The town with its people and contemporay life is very photogenic.
The sea, the sun, the wind, dunes and rocks give Essaouira
a special atmosphere and the light of day and
night a special aura spoken of by many artists and writers.
Sand storm before rain in Jrayfat
Petit and grande taxis are
painted in the coulors of the town.
Here are some examples:
The artists of Essaouira,
are known for
their naive, colorful style of painting.
The predominant symbols that
appear in Berber carpets and other textiles
are those that deal with fecundity of the women and
the fertility of the earth itself, signals against
the 'evil eye'.
of purity and death
Black colour of humidity and fecundity (rainclouds
& fertile earth)
Red colour of protection against illness and
Green colour of plant life, the Prophet, peace
and good luck
Indigo colour of wisdom
Yellow colour of light, the sun and eternity
The Berber flag
Each color corresponds to an aspect
of Tamazgha, the territory inhabited by Berbers
in North Africa:
the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean;
green represents nature and the green mountains;
yellow represents the sands of the Sahara Desert.
The yaz symbolizes the "free man", which is the meaning
of the Berber word amazigh, the Berbers'
own name for themselves. It is in red, the color of life, and also
the color of resistance.
Popular oriental motives
Houses with white facades.
Doors and windows are painted
Name of boat
Detail of mosaic on a wall in Frina
Graffiti Ultras Mogador
RED is the color of love and
blood therefore, it is associated with energy, strength, power,
determination as well as passion and desire. It is the most powerful
color for protection against the Evil eye.
DARK BLUE is the traditional
color for good karma, positive energies and protection against
the Evil Eye.
LIGHT BLUE is the color of
the sky so it symbolizes truth and provides direct protection
against the Evil Eye.
The colour of the doors of the
are usually brown.....
and the colour of the doors
of the zaouias
are green or blue.