Moroccan Silk Jewelry

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Amina Yabis has been creating silk button jewelry for over 30 years. A skill local to her village in the Sefrou region of Fes, Amina was taught the art of silk button or djellaba sewing by her mother at a young age. It takes Amina about 2 -3 days to create each unique item. Amina’s favorite pieces to make are the triple layer necklaces.

Silk button making is craft that dates back centuries from the foundation of the old medina in Fes. In an economy that is traditionally male dominated, silk button making gained popularity from its minimal use of materials while also also allowing the women to work from home and contribute income to household expenses. Button making grew as a social activity that fostered exchange of ideas and techniques.

Amina is an active member of a women’s cooperative, with over 40 members that collaborates to provide fair wages, education and training to increase literacy among women in the Sefrou society. The cooperative continues to grow and partners with the peace corp. to form a camp that empowers young girls, opening opportunities to pursue professions outside of the traditional household roles. For every purchase from our Moroccan jewelry collection, a portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Cherries Women’s Cooperative.

FOUNDERS & AMINA





WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR CREATING YOUR JEWELRY?




This creation was like a dream in my childhood. I was always picking up the buttons of old Jellabas of my mom because I was poor, I did not have money to buy the material to use in jewelry. A little girls happiness.

Then in Sefrou, I started sewing buttons and doing it to sell to tailors very cheap because I am a woman. Then I was thinking, why not realize my childhood dream and make my creations real with buttons and then I was inspired by many forms that I liked and try to make them with buttons .
— Amina

SILK
SILK NECKLACE GREEN


They may need to know that doing buttons is all by hand and it needs effort and a lot of patience. Also that they are made with simple materials originally discovered in Sefrou town. Every single woman does it here and it is an old craft which is has been around more than 100 years.
— Amina

WHAT IS A SPECIAL DETAIL OF YOUR JEWELRY?