Hidden among the maze of dark passageways
of Tangiers' notorious marketplace is a doorway to a tiny
shop, no bigger than a closet, really. International film
stars, European royalty, fashion cognoscenti, and big-city
journalists have passed through this doorway. For it is
here that Suleiman Madini sells the perfume essences of
centuries-old family tradition. Outside, veiled women haggle
prices over blaring Moroccan music, children push, and men
deal. Inside, the spirit rejoices to the heady mix of natural,
essential fragrances meant to invoke the dreams of angels.
Dulce Roppenecker, founder of Talisman, came upon this place
while visiting Tangiers at the age of 21. The deep connection
she found with the Madini family is spiritual and personal
first; the business part came quite a bit later. She was
inspired to apprentice herself to the healing art of traditional
perfumery by the qualities and presence of Ibrahim Madini,
the elder master of the family. During regular extended
stays in Morocco, she studied with him for a period of years.
A turning point came when, while back in the US, Dulce had
a vivid and powerful dream one night, a dream which strongly
affirmed her strong connection with the Madini family, and
indicated she should go further with her work with them.
When she called the Madini family to tell them of the dream,
they gave her the news that her mentor, the elder Ibrahim
Madini, had passed away that very night. The Madini family
took this dream as an important omen, one which confirmed
the validity and sincerity of her involvement with their
family and tradition. Later, it was decided that Dulce would
be allowed to make the Madini oils available worldwide.
At last! The secret is out!