Hats off to a man who is keeping a dying tradition alive

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Hats off to a man who is keeping a dying tradition alive

Their popularity may be declining, but fez-maker Nasser Abdel Basset is determined to pass on his skills

Ahmed Fahmy

For nearly 45 years, Nasser Abdel Basset has been a proud maker of the fez, the iconic felt hat once worn by Egypt’s elite, bureaucrats and students.

Located in the Old Cairo street of al-Ghoureya, Abdel Basset’s workshop is one of very few that remain.

“I learned the craft from an apprentice, I inherited it and I am now passing it on. You say that the craft will disappear? How come? I’m passing it on to my children,” the 60-year-old said...

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