Moroccan Leather Cross Body Choukkara Money Bag - Satchel with Embroidered Design - Moroccophile Souk
Moroccan Leather Cross Body Choukkara Money Bag - Satchel with Embroidered Design - Moroccophile Souk
Moroccan Leather Cross Body Choukkara Money Bag - Satchel with Embroidered Design - Moroccophile Souk
Moroccan Leather Cross Body Choukkara Money Bag - Satchel with Embroidered Design - Moroccophile Souk
Moroccan Leather Cross Body Choukkara Money Bag - Satchel with Embroidered Design - Moroccophile Souk
Moroccan Leather Cross Body Choukkara Money Bag - Satchel with Embroidered Design - Moroccophile Souk
Moroccan Leather Cross Body Choukkara Money Bag - Satchel with Embroidered Design - Moroccophile Souk

Moroccan Leather Cross Body Choukkara Money Bag - Satchel with Embroidered Design

Regular price $ 325.00

Handmade Leather, Cactus Silk Embroidery & Magical Baraka

Reward your inner nomad and chief bohemian with our storied Berber Choukkara Money Bag created from hand crafted leather and employing meticulously embroidered folklore and leatherworking techniques perfected by tribes in the Atlas mountains.

Choukkara Money Bags were originally custom made for a specific individual, most often a business man or merchant embarking on a long journey through the desert. The process of creating the bag itself was believed to bestow it with hand picked baraka, a kind of positive energy, blessings and protection from the evil eye, meets magic.

Your inner nomad definitely won't have any trouble imagining the intrigue and adventure encountered along the Saharan caravan route more than a millennium ago while wearing this fabled piece of functional art. For more about Berber Choukkara Money Bags, please see our storytelling section below. 

Souk Find Details:

  • Make a luxurious boho chic style statement and delight your inner nomad all at once with this authentically designed and hand crafted Berber Choukkara Money Bag in soft reddish-brown leather with orange cactus silk embroidered baraka
  • Leather is soft and handmade in world-renowned 1000 year-old Fez el Bali tanneries by craftsmen using techniques that have been honed since medieval times
  • Lift the fold over flap to open the roomy all leather center pouch for keeping your essentials, including phones, keys, necessities and wallets
  • Elegant cactus silk hand crocheted black strap with tassels adjusts to fit your comfort level and preference for cross-body or shoulder style from 24" to 32' 
  • Two front (zippered pockets) and two rear (one zippered, one slip pocket) additional compartments add detailing and additional space for keeping receipts and similar ephemera
Tribe Storytelling:
When Berber Choukkara Bags were originally created, it was always an exclusive design based on characteristics of the new owner. This is because the embroidered pattern used for each satchel contained custom curated Berber symbolism believed to have extraordinary supernatural powers, or baraka, to protect that individual on long journeys through the Sahara desert.
Baraka is also believed to bestow blessings and positive energy to help the owner of the bag achieve success and prosperity. So imbued with the powerful energy of baraka, these bags are often valued more for the magical energy they are believed to contain than their highly skilled artisan craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal.
Traditionally, Berber Choukkara Bags were used while traveling to carry money, personal care items and to have a bit of food handy. They were also commonly used by business men and merchants in commercial centers like Marrakech as money bags. As the men went from place to place, coins were stored in the central pouch while receipts and paper money were stashed in the front compartment, and personal items in the rear. Today, of course, most financial transactions are increasingly digital.