Indian washermen keep tradition alive despite daily grind
Oct23

Indian washermen keep tradition alive despite daily grind

Standing knee deep in a cement tank of milky water, Dinesh Kumar dunks clothes before vigorously scrubbing them with a brush at an outdoor laundry in the Indian capital. After quitting high school, Kumar joined his father among the ranks of traditional washermen who have hand-cleaned the sprawling city’s dirty clothes for generations. Over the years, the work of “dhobi wallahs” has modernised to a degree, with...

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Tradition, art blend in Morocco ‘tbourida’ cavalry charges
Oct16

Tradition, art blend in Morocco ‘tbourida’ cavalry charges

The equestrian art of tbourida, inspired by the historical charges of the feared cavalrymen of Morocco, fascinated Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix two centuries ago and still draws enthusiastic crowds today. At this week’s “Salon du Cheval” show in El-Jadida, western Morocco, thousands have been enthralled by the spectacle of groups of riders in colourful traditional dress charging in a line and then suddenly...

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