Explore Baghdad’s copper market, a fading tradition
By Halkawt Aziz
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.