Antique Moroccan Silver Tribal Fibula - Large Berber Khalaala


Many signs and symbols exist in the world. Knowing what’s behind their introduction and signification is what gives each value and meaning. In Morocco, one of the most important and powerful symbols in their cultural heritage is the fibula, commonly referred to as Khalaala.

Khalaala was and still is used by the Berber Amazighens in Morocco. It was originally brought by the Romans in Morocco as a safety pin to fasten fabrics. Later in the years, the fibula became less utilitarian and more decorative. It is the Berber craftspeople who designed the Moroccan Khalaala and brought new meanings to the adornment.

As a common item of the jewellery of the Berber cultures, its use is widespread among North African tribes. Its exact form could be different from one tribe to another, whilst mainly symbolising women fertility, power, and protection.

Until this day, many women from various local tribes in North Africa wear the Khalaala in special occasions and weddings. Many people choose to hang it on a wall or as part of their home décor, because of the cultural aesthetics and richness that it embodies.

This Khalaala has been hand-picked by us in Morocco from Abderahman, an Amazigh jewellery craftsman and trader who was kind enough to explain to us the heritage and meaning of this precious piece.

The Moroccan fibula (Khalaala) also referred to by local tribes as; Bzeema, Tizerzai, or Tisighnast.

Two pieces of the pictured design are available. Khalaala were often worn as a pair which is why we managed to find two pieces. Currently in store to buy separately or as a pair.

Dimensions: 28.5 x 12.5cm

Weight: 196g

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