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Abdel-Kader Ouazzani, the last of Morocco's brocade master weavers, has been repeating the same gestures for 63 years in his dilapidated workshop in the heart of the old city of Fes. "This profession is vanishing ... There were many craftsmen in Fes, but they all died and only memories remain," says the weaver, 79, the last witness of a bygone era.His skillful hands intricately create shimmering silk fabrics, enhanced with gold or silver thread, for bridal jewelry, designer creations or high-end furnishings.Ouazzani says he can't find a young apprentice to take over his workshop.As fashions have changed, the wide, colorful belts that for centuries were the pride of the master weavers of Fes gradually stopped selling.Ouazzani, on the other hand, works on commission for a clientele he describes as "the elite of the elite".His rare fabrics cost up to 5,000 dirhams per meter ($560), depending on the complexity of the patterns.
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