The markets within the medina of Fes are renowned for their skilled craftsmen in all areas of handiwork: ceramics and pottery, woodworking, leather goods, textiles, carpets, metallurgy, and tile. Of all these, Fes is most known for its ceramics and leather, the latter of which is evident above. The pointed-toe house slippers with the open heel are known colloquially as ‘babouche’ (ba-BOOSH).  Those seen here feature leather soles, with the upper parts of embroidered cloth.  Although Fes was, and to a degree still is, known for its embroidery work as well, most of that work is now done by machines instead of traditional techniques.

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Babouche was first published November 1, 2011.
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