Artisanal Affairs – crafty tours in Sefrou or Fez’ ancient medina.
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Culture Vultures presents an enticing experience for artists and craft-curious folk to discover the world of artisanship in the ancient medinas of Sefrou or Fez, two of the oldest, continuously working medinas in the Islamic world.
Spend 3 to 4 fruitful hours with C.V. stepping into the workshops of traditional craft-makers, not only seeing their skills directly but finding out about their work by meeting the artisans, picking up their tools and experiencing their daily lives first hand.
Our Fez tour offers introductions to wood carvers, dyers, copper workers , tanners, weavers and more in the heart of the old medina. For visitors wishing to encounter a quieter, rural town, Sefrou is for you where artisans are crafting functional objects such as woven blankets, carved ploughs and tailored caftans. Some 25 kilometers from Fez, Sefrou has a rich history and is an opportunity to experience everyday life of a market town. Let Culture Vulture lead you into the workshops and unveil what lies within the old medinas gates.
Tours are intended to be inquisitive and personal thus group numbers are limited to six people.
As we at Culture Vultures embed ourselves deeper into Sefrou’s medina and build on the rich relations we have established over the years with the local community and artisanship we now launch our Sefrou Artisanal Tour. Visitors are offered an excursion around the old medina to meet the personalities and characters that make up this embracing and genuine market town and discover the hidden treasures. Let Culture Vultures guide you through the ancient city of Sefrou, open the doors to the local crafts and reveal Sefrou’s multi layered history.
Crafts include blanket weavers, plough makers, iron mongers, button makers, tailors and wood carvers. Much of the expertise has been passed on from generations and some through the once abundant Jewish culture; a heritage now quickly vanishing.
Sculptor David Packer says – The tour is an extraordinary opportunity to meet artisans, to see their work and to learn about their lives. It is informative, interesting and even exciting at one point! This really is the medina at work.
Image – Holger Gross
To get a taste of our Fez tour..
Video credit to Sara Essouaek and Mohammed Maoufel Madih from Al Kharawyn Univeristy, Ifrane.