Vintage, handmade Moroccan leather "Guerrab" or water carrier bag
The water carriers of Morocco, or "Guerrabs", colorfully dressed and ringing their bells, famously wander outside the medina of Marrakech by the ancient Place Jemaa el-Fnaa offering water from ornate copper cups. They travel from the surrounding Atlas mountains carrying these traditional bags, wearing bright hats with wool tassels, and singing old chants. This is a disappearing trade, and in turn a disappearing craft. The water carriers use the coins they receive from tourists around the world to lovingly and gradually adorn their bags, mementos of their journeys
Genuine leather, genuine handmade article, hand-sewn, hand-mended
Coins from various countries, mostly quite old, many from France and others from Italy, Greece, Israel, Germany and the Great Britain.
It is quite heavy from the strong cowhide, coins, hardware and decorative copper plate in the center. Added mending even includes plastic rings!
This is the genuine article. If one is looking for a new machine-made bag in a pristine state, this is not it. This bag has loved and lived
Beautiful braided leather strap, well loved
Approximate dimensions, measured flat:
9-1/2" W x 9-3/4" H
25" drop, from shoulder strap to bottom of bag
Main pocket - 9-1/2" W x 9-1/4" H
Inside, front pocket - 5-3/4" W x 6"
Outside, back pocket - 6-1/4" W x 5" H
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