4.5 L x 4.5 W x 2.25 H inches
Your treasures are well-guarded in this leather keepsake box by the crocodile stamped onto its lid.
We heard stories that ancient Rome knew Morocco as a land of wild beasts and traveled there to hunt animals for their gladiatorial games. Perhaps for this reason there are few large animals left in Morocco and you'd be hard-pressed to find a wild crocodile there now. The hide for this item comes from a cow, of course.
These handmade leather boxes boast debossed decorations and stitched color strips. Wood paneling is hidden between the leather for structure and provides a satisfying 'clomp' sound when the lid falls shut.
- These boxes were produced at the Alikhlas leather-working cooperative located in the Artisan Ensemble of Tetouan, Morocco. They welcomed us into their workshop and were happy to show us photos from their past and qualifications obtained in France and Japan. old masters of the craft, a few men who are the last remaining members of their cooperative.
Many cities in Morocco have a government-sponsored ‘Ensemble Artisanal’ established to gather diverse master crafters under one roof and provide them with a direct market, resulting in higher wages and better working conditions.