Friday, 9 September 2011
Souk des Teinturiers
In Marrakesh (Morocco) the Souk de Teinturiers, or the dyers' market, is an area where craftsmen work around vast cauldrons of dyes. Skeins of wool or fabrics on ropes strung across the alleyway are left to dry in the sun. The stunning colours make it one of the most delightful spectacles in the city.
You can always tell who are the craftsmen by their arms, coloured to the elbows with whatever colour they are presently using. Of course, fewer and fewer people are earning their livings in this way because of the competition from industrial processes, though they do say that chemicals can never produce the subtle shades created by the traditional craftsmen.
This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy.