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

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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

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.

“(But) conditions have improved compared to last year,” he said as he hurried past Seffarine Square to deliver an order of eight large pans to a local restaurant...

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