WERE YOU SURPRISED AT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AMERICAN AND MORROCAN CULTURES?
To be frank, I wasn’t shocked at all. I’ve travelled plenty enough to understand and know first-hand that third-world countries have their share of internal and socioeconomic struggles. What I did learn is the incredible breadth of diaspora within the Moroccan community; there is so much diversity ranging from Berbers to Moroccan-Jews, which all influences the local food, politics and economy.
Keeping in mind that Morocco is largely still a third-world country, agriculture exists at the highest of highest altitudes. It was interesting to see women and children transporting their harvests on heavily-stacked donkeys climbing up hill.
Another interesting fact is the annual salary for the average Moroccan is about $1000 USD.
HOW DID YOUR EXPERIENCE THERE INFLUENCE YOUR STYLE?
I have a tendency to dress by osmosis and incorporate something that is culturally-unique to the destination that I find myself in. In this instance, I did don a few robes — particularly one from Vestment — and some that I bought directly from homemakers and artisan stalls strewn on the roadside.
However, I make it a point to never wear these pieces beyond their intended immediate surroundings; instead, I choose to keep it as a lifelong memento to kindly remind me of the time I’ve spent there.