Scamming the Souq: The exploitation of Moroccan artisans

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Local craft shops play a crucial role in giving Morocco’s Medinas their nomadic authentic charms. From tanned leather bags to complex rugs rich in colour, visitors adore the hand-crafted artisan goods. Tourism equally contributes to the country’s economy, reaching over $5.6 billion in revenue in the first half of 2023. However, artisans who directly contribute towards that figure earn only a smidgen of that amount. In the remote mountain or desert villages of Morocco reside some of the country’s most talented artisans. They make their living by crafting weeks-long goods and selling them in the…

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