Dye workshop a colourful dip into old Cairo craft

Mohamed Kamal, a 59-year-old dye worker, carries dyed yarns to hang out to dry in the sun at a traditional hand-dying workshop in the Egyptian capital Cairo's centuries old district of Darb al-Ahmar on January 21, 2020. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • They have no gloves or masks to protect them from the dyes and fumes
  • The workshop in Islamic Cairo has been going strong for almost 120 years
  • Competition from foreign products has hurt the homegrown textile industry

In Cairo's centuries-old Darb al-Ahmar district, Salama Mahmoud Salama's traditional dye workshop is a multi-coloured hive of workers busy with all kinds of fabrics.

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