11 / 2004

Morocco - Men's riding boot with gild-wire embroidery

This all-leather boot is very similar to the ones from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. They are also meant as boot-stockings, however their function is different. They are typical riding boots, eather for horse or camel. After descending from the animal, the wearer slips into typical North-African mules called "babouches". Similar riding boots are worn all over northern Africa, however their execution and decoration differ from tribe to tribe. The boot shown here is typical for the Berber tribe in the area of Inezgane in Morocco and is decorated with gilded silver-wire embroidery.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland