Zalij is a pattern made up of lots of geometric shapes that link together seamlessly. It originated from Morocco and was used frequently as a mosaic in mosques and other decorative buildings. It is created using bright primary colours and has radiating star shapes, curved lines and polygons to create elaborate intricate patterns. It is usually geometric and only uses a certain amount of different shapes. These have particular names and are repeated throughout.

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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