27.02.2010

*style of the week*

a new round of my style of the week!
the only thing I really don´t like in winter is that I have to wear boots but yesterday I started wearing my silver *ballerinas* ....it´s still too early and rainy for goat leather, moroccan slippers *babouches* in Germany....
and after watching some *desert* video clips....the colour of the day was *blue*blue*...cobalt *blue*...
I wore my all time favourite *cobalt* blue wool coat embellished with *sparkling* turquoise glassbeads, turquoise string and blue *moroccan* tassels, a light and dark *blue* dip dyed traditional cotton *sahara* shawl...
my pure linen *white* ranipink basic tunic and my favourite *boyfriend* jeans...

and *dark* red lipstick!

images: petra hassan

the *making of...*

a low budget *ranipink* fotoshooting...
the ingredients:
1 x handmade moroccan basket filled with fresh *ranipink* products and *ranipink* herself with a *bavarian style* hairdress and antique digital camera...
1 x Essaouira beach.....
1 x burned down medina house....
8 x days with and without sun and with and without wind....in the *windy* city of Essaouira....
1 x moroccan *rasta* photographer friend with a professional camera....
add a few *hanging around* medina cats...for a *smile* in your face.... :-)
and a few beach findings....mix and *stir* well!

a *special* thanks *shukran bzf* to my photographer friend Hassan who always try to understand all the crazy ideas in my mind... ;-)

images: hassan krifa & petra hassan

25.02.2010

*dèjà-vu*

two weeks ago, early in the morning....I woke up....*ice cold* Marrakech morning...*sipping* aromatic moroccan *coffee*....
someone was *knocking* on the door in the medina, a giant *moroccan* taxi driver in a hooded *Djellaba*...the most tallest moroccan I ever have seen.....;-)
picked up my this time really heavy weight luggage in a way like there is nothing inside *ahem*...and walked fast through the quiet and *sleeping* alleys of Marrakech....the luggage, the *giant* taxi driver and *me* in a super *petite* taxi...driving fast through the *darkness*....
he jumped fast out of the *petite taxi*....I went out of the taxi, too...and....noticed that the airport *policeman* moved next to me...again....speaking to me in a strong english: "wherrrre have you been all the time, girrrl"??

*déjá-vu* :-)

same place, same time one year ago.....

finally I left  with the excuse that I am in a hurry for check in for my flight, before the *policeman* whispered "girl, I am waiting for you, same place, next time"...me, still wondering, I did not wore not the yellow knit and not the lemon *citrine* silk skirt this time, but a cobalt *blue*blue* wool coat....than I found out that I wore on this *ice cold* morning in Marrakech the same hair dress like one year ago.... :-)

and I am still *smiling*.....! the *moroccan* adventures continue, soon....!

images: petra hassan

21.02.2010

*chalcedon blue*

the *inspiration*....
the *sewing*...
the *result* :-)
*chalcedon blue*....one of my new favourite *summer colours*...now available for custom made silk tunics/dresses and skirts in my Hannover *atelier* and coming soon in my dawanda-shop :-)

images: petra hassan

18.02.2010

*moroccan real life*

*me* sitting in the courtyard...on pastell shaded, handwoven blankets...raining...*heavy rain* over Essaouira...
working on *embroidery*...raindrops on the *left* and on the *right* and everywhere....and...it was before *midnight*...
the *landlord* passed by with someone else...
*repairing* the rooftop....
in a very *special* way....*ahem*...the very special moroccan way :-)

now, I know why it is necessary having potted plants, a tea table, bricks and a *deckchair* on the terrace...don´t forget the most important thing...a giant piece of *plastic* called *mika* in moroccan language...

and..it worked!

images: petra hassan

16.02.2010

*moroccan laundry*

inbetween a few moroccan *sewing* and *embroidery* days...
I went upstairs....
watching....watching the colours of the *atlantic sea*...
and the *daily* life....up on the roofs over the *medina*...
the *daily work* of all the moroccan girls...hard work...
the *moroccan laundry*...imagine there is probably no washing machine...no dryer...and sometimes no *hot* water.....
and *inbetween*...
a little *ranipink laundry* :-) sunlight dancing on *white*white* linen....under the *blue*blue* sky....and the *smell* of fresh washed, sunlight dried clothes with a hint of *salt*...

what a bliss!

images: petra hassan

15.02.2010

*do you babouche?*

hard to resist this *shoes*...
I can´t...no....I don´t want to live without it.....
whenever and wherever I am going...carrying a comfortable pair of this *moroccan* beauty with me...
makes me feeling like....flying on the *magic carpet*.....
*new* handpicked *babouche* in many colours in my  atelier :-) ..in case you want to treat yourself with comfortable *moroccan* beauty, too....

want a pair in your favourite colour/size? e-mail me at ranipink(at)hotmail.de

*happy monday*

images: hassan krifa for ranipink

13.02.2010

*black*black*

*burned* down house....
but....after the big *drama*...fire & water...something is left...
something *magic*....
shades of vintage *blue(s)*....
and bright *turquoise*....
and the *girl* passed by....and stopped....can´t stop watching the colours....*inspiration*....
for pictures....*real life* pictures...real *me*....
and new *treasuries*.....a limited edition of silk belts in 5 *pretty* colours now in my dawanda shop :-)

images: hassan krifa & petra hassan

12.02.2010

*cham*cham*

means....*smell*.....in moroccan language... ;-)
come with me...and *cham*cham*....the salty breeze....
open the windows in the morning....a *hint* of cooking gas.....
the *treasuries* of the *green*green* souk......
add a *hint* of mint and *green* tea.....sugar, of course....
the flavour of *fresh* bread in the *medina* alleys.....
the *fish* market and the spices.....mixed with coriander and verveine.....
aromatic *coffee* in the morning and *patisserie*......orange blossom water & almonds...
and *Tide* washing powder...the smell of fresh *laundry*....drying under the moroccan sun.....
and....close your *eyes*......and smell a *hint* of desert in the colourful western sahara *fabrics*

sometimes....sometimes....I am opening my suitcase again...and again...and *cham*cham*.....the melange of Essaouira!

images: petra hassan

04.02.2010

*medina sound*

*hidden* in the *medina* again......and disappeared in a *house*....listening....
the *sound* of Essaouira.....
the *first* morning prayer.....*silence*.....wake up, wake up, my beloved *city*.....listening the sound of the cooking gas....*boiling* water....feets walking in the alleys....*meow*.....a roaring motorscooter....or two or three...metal sound of moving gas bottles......*splish*splash*.....running water of the public fountain.......barking street dogs.... sound of open and closing wooden doors....*blue*blue* wooden doors.....sparrows singing on the rooftops....fighting in the courtyard of the house ;)......girls *laughing*.....feets walking....tourists talking....language *melange*.......taking pictures.......sound of a *cedarwood* worker...drunken ones in the night....glass is breaking...*singing & *fighting*.....inbetween *seagulls*.....and the sound of the *waves*...branding on the medina wall....of Essaouira...

what a *bliss* :)

image: petra hassan

P.S.:....woke up one night and *wondering*...*listened* the sound of a *magic carpet* passing by......*magic* Essaouira ;)