The souks of Marrakech were a feast for the senses and a shoppers delight. Leather, iron and tin work, silks, and textiles all worked by hand. Artisians worked their craft and sold their goods in little shops no bigger than a US style walk-in closet. These men were wonderfully talented and the craftmanship was at times exceptional.
I did get an sense of how hard a life these men live. They work with toxic and caustic materials which leave them in an early grave. Master tailors frequently go blind due to the years of strain on their eyes working elaborate embroidery.
Each work of art produced by these hard working men had elements of joy and tragedy.
|Wool yarn hanging to dry|
|The boiling cauldren and wood burning furnace for coloring yarn|
|A wholesale leather market. These men are bidding on tanned hides.|