Moroccan Hammam Silver Bucket
The Meaning of Hammam in Moroccan Culture
The Arabic word hammam means ‘spreader of warmth‘.
On the one hand, you can interpret it literally as hammams consist of different steam rooms and spread a lot of warmth.
But they spread warmth also in a metaphorical sense:
Moroccan people go to the hammam to catch up with friends and socialise:
Moroccans make business or even arrange marriages.
Going to the hammam is a very important ritual in Muslim culture:
The bathing and cleansing is an integral part of a Muslim’s life, also because water is considered sacred in Islam.
The hammam is probably the oldest surviving bath tradition in the world.
The ritual dates back to both the Ottoman and Roman empires.
It then spread all over the world.
Especially in the middle east,
it is important for the bride before the wedding to go to the
hammam to ensure the softness and cleanliness of her skin.
Where can you find a hammam?
Along with the communal bakery, a fountain, the madrasa (school) and the mosque,
the hammam is one of five traditional elements found in every Moroccan neighborhood.
Sometimes, the hammam is located next to the communal bakery because the two buildings share the heat.
So if you see a bakery, chances are a hammam is near.
When in Morocco, you will most likely find a hammam in every city,
while Marrakech has some of the most beautiful hammams of the country.
Beautifully crafted using an ancient method known as Repoussé and chasing.
from the reverse side to create a design in low relief.
Chasing, chased work, or embossing refers to a similar technique,
in which the piece is hammered on the front side, sinking the metal.
The two techniques are often used in conjunction.
Many metals can be used for chasing and repoussé work, including
These techniques are very ancient and have been extensively used all over the world,
as they require only the simplest tools and materials,
and yet allow a great diversity of expression.
They are also relatively economical since there is no loss or waste of metal,
which mostly retains its original size and thickness.
Toolmarks are often intentionally left visible in the result.