THIS MUSEUM IS NOW CLOSED
Amongst the labyrinthine alleyways of the medina of Marrakech lies a small gem of a museum.
This ancient riad has been renovated in a stylish and imaginative fashion to house a collection dedicated to the jewellery of North Africa.
With an especially good Tuareg collection on the ground floor including fabrics and jewels from the countries bordering the Sahara. The ground floor exhibition includes diorama style displays of women in Melhalff (a tie dyed length of fabric similar to a haik).
The first floor exhibition space houses the Berber jewels and textile collection with further representations of clothing and jewellery as worn across the Mahgreb, including some superb Tunisian pieces.
An unusual and scarce rectangular pendant from the Anti Atlas caught my eye.
This young museum shows a well considered and displayed collection. The setting for which is sleek and elegant. With a juice bar on the terrace and a gift shop there is plenty here to fill an afternoon. On the day I visited there was the option to create a Necklace using the contents of the vast treasure chest!
Musee des Bijoux Nawahi is open from 10-6 Monday to Saturday
Quartier Sidi Abelaziz, 37 Derb Ouayhah, Medina Marrakech. Tel: 00212 524390693