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110209MarrakechMoroccoTripMP2061

SHOT 11/4/09 7:09:35 AM - A worker working in the tannery in Marrakech or Marrakesh, Morocco. Historically, the dyes were made using everything from barks to berries, but now most are made using chemical pigments. The process itself and the equipment used, however, have not changed for centuries. Many different skins are coloured here, including camel, cow and goat, and then stretched out to dry. The majority of work is crafted by local artisans then sold in the Marrakech souks. Marrakech is known as the "Red City", and is an important and former imperial city in Morocco. It has a population of 1,070,838 (as of 2004), and is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Like many North African and Middle Eastern cities, Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city (the médina) and an adjacent modern city (called Gueliz). Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna.[2] The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. By night, the square turns into food stalls, becoming a huge open-air restaurant. Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco is a country located in North Africa with a population of nearly 32 million people and an area just under 173,000 squrare miles.(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2009)

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SHOT 11/4/09 7:09:35 AM - A worker working in the tannery in Marrakech or Marrakesh, Morocco. Historically, the dyes were made using everything from barks to berries, but now most are made using chemical pigments. The process itself and the equipment used, however, have not changed for centuries. Many different skins are coloured here, including camel, cow and goat, and then stretched out to dry. The majority of work is crafted by local artisans then sold in the Marrakech souks. Marrakech is known as the "Red City", and is an important and former imperial city in Morocco. It has a population of 1,070,838 (as of 2004), and is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Like many North African and Middle Eastern cities, Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city (the médina) and an adjacent modern city (called Gueliz). Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna.[2] The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. By night, the square turns into food stalls, becoming a huge open-air restaurant. Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco is a country located in North Africa with a population of nearly 32 million people and an area just under 173,000 squrare miles.(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2009)