This is a common sight in most Moroccan homes, one that is usually not seen by tourists and other travelers. It takes place every day, and is an integral part of family life. This Fassian woman is kneading bread in a shallow terra cotta dish called a ‘gedra,’ which simply means ‘bowl.’ She, and other Moroccan women like her, make several loaves every day. The loaves are sent off to the neighborhood oven, usually by one of the family children. To differentiate one family’s loaves from that of other families’, each loaf is marked with a family stamp before baking. Each district or neighborhood in every city has its own bread oven, along with its own mosque and public fountain.
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