Moroccan Cactus Silk
Each design is different & each is done with imagination. Some will be much more intricate while some will be simple and geometric. The edges of the "pillows" are usually braided with tassel ends. When we make these into bags, we use "panels" for the middle of the bag, the raw material before it has been created for or into something else. The final step involves laying the sheets out to dry under the Moroccan sun, where each panel gets it's burnished finish.
The finished product is a surprisingly soft, durable material (almost like a denim) with a silk feel. It usually has several colors throughout & if turned & caught by the light, you will see even more colors underneath. The underside of cactus silk is even more beautiful & vibrant because it hasn't been dried in the sun & the colors are magnified. The threads are usually not snipped, so turn your pillow inside out for a sneak inside!
Our cactus silk is not produced in mass, & in fact we often run into shortages during the winter months when the harvesting is not done. Our artisans work hard to make the most beautiful creations & we work hard to share them with you!