Friday, July 23, 2010
HLATC 1985.14.6, Slippers (babouches), Morocco, 1975-1985
One of my most recent photography projects was a group of footwear from Morocco. This heavily decorated pair of slippers (babouches) was likely created for wear at a special occasion, such as a wedding.
Notice how the slippers don't have backs, very similar to shoes we would call "mules." These slippers were made by the Berber people, traditionally a Muslim culture. The shoes not having backs is likely to allow for easy removal upon entering the Mosque for daily prayer.
An added benefit of backless shoes is allowing for more air circulation, keeping the wearer cool in the heat of Morocco!