These gorgeous babouche leather slippers are handmade by skilled leather artisans in Marrakech.
Designed to be worn inside the home, these Moroccan slippers are traditional in style and come in a range of colours.
Packaged in natural jute drawstring bag these make the perfect gift.
The babouche slipper is an iconic feature of Moroccan culture and has been an important element of the traditional dress code for centuries. And like the very best of inventions, the babouche slipper is as popular and relevant today as it has always been. Vogue even named the pointed babouche as it’s must-have shoe of 2016.
The continued popularity of the babouche is hardly a surprise as they offer the wearer the ultimate in comfort and style. The soft soled, round toed babouche make the perfect indoor slipper and the pointed babouche with firm leather soles, a practical slip on shoe for outdoor wear in a hot, dry climate.
These babouche slippers are made by expert leather worker Rachid in a leather workshop located in a small village on the outskirts of the city. The slippers are made entirely by hand from start to finish
How are they made?
Firstly the finest leathers are sourced from the traditional tanneries in Marrakech where the leather is organically tanned using the same methods and natural agents as across the preceding centuries. This results in a natural material which will have a distinctive scent no longer found in factory cured leathers.
Traditionally babouche are made from sheepskin, goatskin, camel hide and cowhide to produce a 100% leather shoe, or combined with a wide range of fabric uppers which maybe hand loomed, embroidered, sequinned, tasseled and bejewelled to create a more elaborate shoe.
Each piece of leather is cut to shape before dying by hand using natural plant based materials. Once the dyed leathers have dried in the hot Moroccan sun they are hand stitched, finished and quality checked.
The majority of the process is carried out by men in small workshops but the fine decorative detail is crafted by women who work in their own homes while also being free to care for their children and families.