We started off the morning by taking a tour of the medina.
We stopped in a weaving shop to learn about the process. All of
the workers seemed to have a rhythm going together, and all were
producing different kinds of materials. There were children standing
just outside the shop doorways with strings threaded from their
fingers, weaving stronger silk thread that their fathers were simultaneously
sewing into garments. We
saw several more examples of mosaic work in the main mosque (though
we were not allowed to go in) and an old Koranic school.
We went to the government-run rug co-op, owned by the same wealthy
man who hosted us at the Sufi drumming session the night before.
We got to see the stark contrast between rural and urban art and
between that of the Arabs and the Berbers. They all incorporate
the Islamic geometric