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The Wider Image: A dyeing tradition

Egypt’s Dyeing Tradition. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Hisham Aly, 37, takes an order on the phone at a dye workshop in old Cairo, Egypt, March 17, 2016. Egypt’s hard currency crisis and competition from modern factories in Asia and at home threaten one of the last dye workshops in Egypt. But one of its owners takes comfort in the trade’s ancient resilience. Mohamed Mostafa boasts that the profession dates back 3,000 years, so it can survive anything. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh SEARCH “AMR DYE” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “THE WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES

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