This elegant strand of red hand-knotted silk buttons with two black beads in between each button is a technique and skill used for the djellaba (caftan) traditional clothing. The women of the artisan cooperative in Khenifra, Morocco, make these buttons using a spun, lustrous silken fiber of a cactus plant. After which, they string them in a colorful array as beads to create jewelry.
Most of the designs are created by the individual artisan who made it, the inspiration their own. This strand necklace is long, has an easy hook closure at the back neck, and is quite comfortable to wear.
The Artisanat des Femmes cooperative represents women from low-income families in Khenifra, Morocco, who have joined together to establish self-sufficiency and find markets for their work. Each member learned the craft of traditional button making from their mothers or grandmothers.