How Covid-19 and commercialism are killing age-old Moroccan traditions

Artisans in Fez are pinning their hopes on domestic tourism as foreigners stay away and youngsters opt for white-collar jobs

21 October 2021 - 19:58 By Ahmed Eljechtimi

In a square in central Fez, the steady beat of hammers on copper has returned — a welcome signal for the ancient Moroccan city’s thousands of artisans that trade is slowly picking up after a brutal Covid-19-induced slump.

Activity is still some way below pre-pandemic levels and master coppersmith Mohammed Kobbi says the high cost of the metal has hit profit margins...

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