Rosewater Dispenser

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My great-great grandmother presented this to my grandmother the day before her immigration. It is one of the few Moroccan artifacts she chose to bring with her to America. This is a Moroccan rosewater dispenser. It is made of 100% silver: a fact my financially unfortunate grandmother highly appreciated as a woman about to start an absolutely new life in a foreign country. The dispenser unscrews to be filled with any perfume, most commonly rosewater or orange blossom water. Rosewater is a common fragrance used in Moroccan cuisine and beauty products, as its benefits and price are a convenience for all. It is mostly used in special occasions, especially weddings. After filling it with the liquid of choice, the dispenser is then shaken with one hand to release the perfume in small sprayings. While seemingly an unnecessary artifact to bring with her to America, its presence in my living room is a reminder of our culture, and whenever my mother chooses to fill it up with rosewater and sprinkle it on us, it is a moment of reminiscence for my grandmother of her immigration day. 

Place(s): Morocco

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant