The charm of art, regardless of national boundaries. Whether in the Chinese land with a history of 5,000 years, or in the Arab world at the northwest end of the Sahara desert, from the ancient east to the remote north Africa, the charm of artisan art has never been interrupted in the long course of history.
Morocco, located at the northwest end of the African continent, is just across the sea from Spain, with beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic ocean. Hassan ii once described Morocco as a tree rooted in Africa, but its leaves breathe the air of Europe.
Due to its geographical location and historical relationship, Morocco’s culture is not only Arabic, but also contains strong and obvious islamic art and European literature. It crushed the romance of the French, the passion of the Spanish, and poured into the melting pot of the Arab world to form what I see today.
What does it look like? You can see the ancient city of fez. Fez is the best preserved and most distinctive medieval city in the world. It was first built by the idris dynasty and has a history of 1,200 years.
Today’s festus was a tourist maze, with roads so intricate that some were only narrow enough to pass through a small donkey.
Residents in the city still maintain the medieval customs and lifestyle, no cars are allowed to enter, the mode of transportation is mainly donkeys, loaded with small donkeys and tourists often parallel. Morocco is said to have one of the most donkeys in the world.
There are mosques, universities (karin university, one of the oldest in the world), restaurants and hotels. But the most dazzling and elated is the dazzling variety of arts and crafts shops.
The charm of Moroccan artisan art is shown incisively and vividly in these shops, and almost every handicraft is full of rich Arab customs and islamic art. No matter be braided fabric, gold and silver, pottery, pottery and porcelain, furs, leather, stone, wait a moment, this one is delicate and of primitive simplicity handicraft, often flowing the trend of thought of artisan heart.
Among them, what I like most is ceramics and leather products. But ceramics are far less attractive than the fine arts of our country, and leather goods such as suitcases, backpacks, belts, purses, Musical Instruments, slippers and clothes are hard to resist.
Therefore, a trip to fez, inevitably crazy shopping. Even though marrakesh is Morocco’s most attractive ancient capital, with the world’s busiest open-air market, fez’s artisan culture is more straightforward. Perhaps because I could see it, it surpassed marrakesh in this respect.
There is no doubt that fez’s leather workshop must not be missed. Almost anyone visiting Morocco will choose to buy leather goods in fez, which is famous for its leather industry. The leather dyehouse in alley depth resembles a separate world, it has the development course of 1000 years history, sending out thick stink from beginning to end, it may be said “notorious”.
Colourful dye crock resembles a piece of complete drawing board, wei is magnificent. Each VAT will be a surprise of art. Before entering the workshop, local people will hand over some fresh mint leaves, which are used to smell away the odor. Although cannot enter leather to dye fang in, but stand to watch on platform or rooftop, also had made a person excited unceasingly.
All around leather dye house is tall and short the beige house with different height, this is feisi ancient city peculiar colour. Looking at the stinking vats, I began to imagine the leather goods in the store. Although the dyes in fez’s leather dyeing house are all natural, the local people add pigeon dung and limestone to reinforce the colours, and the smell rises.
Perhaps it was not a coincidence that not many workers were working. Under the warm sun, only a few scattered people were busy, their trouser legs rolled up and their bare feet made me wonder about their social class and status.
Although the finished products are quite fine, tanning, dyeing and tanning are hard and dirty. Its bad smell has become unbearable to visitors, so you can imagine how strong or numb the tolerance of those workers.
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But the leather they produced was so good that it became not only Morocco’s most popular tourist product, but also a hot export to Europe. In order to support these hard artisans and moved by the artisans’ insistence on traditional art, I bought a shoulder bag, a messenger bag and two belts for my friend. & have spent
After coming out of the leather dyeing house, the narrow alley is mixed with the smell of being full of leather, horse and donkey taste. Perhaps the leather dyeing house is so famous that almost every visitor to fez will visit it. It is reported, each leather product here is lone taste, sending out the result of experience of craftsman to art.
Although the crowd in the intricate alley is like a flow, can also make fun of a pile, but it is precisely its unique charm. Despite its thousand years of history and the fact that the leaves of Morocco breathe European air, fez is more like Aladdin with the magic lamp than the romance of an ancient town in Europe.
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