One of my favorite memories of Morocco were the long, curvy, roads we traveled through by car. I was really able to see what life was like in the Atlas Mountains and how the Moroccan tribes survived off the land. The Moroccan terrain is diverse and offers a lot to the traveler willing to take the time to explore.
- Cactus Silk aka Sabra Silk -
Cactus silk is exactly what it sounds like; silk from the cactus plant. But, did you know that this plant-based textile is known for its durability, softness, and strength?
- From Plants to Pillows -
1. Cactus silk, aka, sabra silk, comes from the Saharan Aloe Vera plant, a member of the agave family.
2. Cactus leaves are picked, pounded, and soaked in water until the fibers separate.
3. Fibers are then spun by hand to create a silky, but very strong thread.
4. The thread is handwoven on looms to create the finished fabric. Fabric is then sold to local artisans to create rugs, pillow cushions, and scarves.
5. Our fabrics are colored using plant-based and mineral dyes, derived from roots, berries, spices, leaves, and wood.
6. Moroccans have been using this same passed-down technique for centuries to source and create this eco-friendly fabric.
Cactus silk has high elasticity so it's naturally (almost) wrinkle free. You may find that it doesn’t need ironing!
Also, because cacti is so easy to grow, especially in the dry deserts of Morocco, this fabric is a simple, sustainable, and stylish choice. Furthermore, because most cactus silk is hand-woven, it does not have any carbon footprint.