The Artisans of Morocco

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This post will be about the artisans … and their hands.  As I said earlier, the Moroccans do not like their pictures taken, many believe that a photograph will rob their soul.

The good news?  They didn’t mind if I got up close and personal with their hands.

Color, Texture, and Detail.

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The above pictures were taken at an overview by the side of the road.  I’m sure the views were beautiful, and I’m sure I took a shot or two …

… but these are the images that speak to me.

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Knives, Scissors, Tools

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The Tannery

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The Tannery …. my most favorite shoot, and my most disappointing results.  We traversed the tannery from high to low and everywhere in between.

It was very cool!

The man above is scraping the fat from a hide.  Imagine lifting these soaked skins from one vat to another, again and again.  It is literally back breaking work.

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Upon arriving the Tannery we were greeted with a sprig of mint …

this was to hold close to your nose.

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I know these are not artisans in the true sense, but I could not hold back,

from you, this amazing place.

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The Potters and Clay Workers

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Ground work for a mosaic.

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  When the crowd had moved on, I returned to take unobstructed and diligent photo’s.

 I could have stayed here longer …

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Walking thru the alleys in the Fez Medina, we came upon this artist ….

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The Place Saffarin derives its name from the manufacture of copper metal which is used to make traditional crafts, this profession has been practiced in the city of Fez for centuries.
There are many products made by artisans like pots, pans, buckets, incense burners, trays, teapots, tea and sugar boxes, footed, strainers, kettles, couscous steamers…
”  google

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It was Good Friday when we visited Place Saffarin. For a moment I was taken back, I thought this man had ashes on his forehead .. ?

  Then I realized the mark was from his prayer mat …

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The Textile Area

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A Dye Shop

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Leather Goods

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There are many artisans in Fez and Morocco preserving  their traditions …

My only regret is that I hadn’t thought ahead and made the conscious effort to photograph all of the talented hands, preserving tradition, that I came across …

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “The Artisans of Morocco

  1. It is obvious from the beautiful photos that these artisans care deeply about their work. And who knew that pigeon droppings were used to clean animal hides?! Great observations and colorful photos!

  2. MMG, there is more to your images than an artful representation of the handwork done in Morocco. Perhaps incorporate into educational narratives for young adults or children. Remember Jack and Jill and Hilights?

  3. Your talents never cease to amaze me. I love your words put into your photographs, painting an entire vision for us to share on your travels and live your dreams.

  4. Wow! These pictures make you feel like you are there! Some really interesting photos. Love the one of the man carrying the hides among the different vats. It reminds me of an Upton Sinclair novel.

    Mitch really rich and in-depth. Wish I had gone with you!😘👍

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