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Explore Baghdad’s copper market, a fading tradition

By Halkawt Aziz 6/7/2018
In Baghdad’s al-Safafeer market, a traditional craft is almost dying out. 

The market was named for ‘safra’ – the Arabic word for the colour of the copper that is smithed in the bazaar a stone’s throw from the Tigris River. 

The souk is hundreds of years old and used to ring with the hammers of some 200 craftsmen. Today, only a handful remains as shoppers turn to cheaper, imported items. 

 

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