Photographer's Note

The dye pits in the medina or Fes el Bali (old city of Fes) are enormous and constantly changing with colors. A great deal of sheep-wool textiles are dyed here, and as you can see, people really get in to their work!

In the Medina, a labyrinth of sloping, winding alleyways are crammed full of stalls and workshops. This is the famed Kissaria -the commercial centre. A multitude of locally produced goods are on sale in this incredible maze-cotton fabric, silk, brocadework, slippers, and many more.

The craftsmen of the souks (markets) offer the visitor a non-stop spectacle. For hundreds of years such work bas been regulated by traditional guilds, ensuring that its quality is worthy of the city. Each district has its own speciality : cobalt blue enamelled pottery, carpets, wrought iron ... one looks on as the dyer stirs his yarns, steeped in their multitude of colours, as the tanner tramples his skins under an open sky -skins that the leather-worker will eventually adorn with fine gilt for book-binding.

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