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Souq Sebbaghine or Souk des Teinturiers is the dyers' souk. It is a colourful place where sheets of freshly dyed material hang down all around you. You will probably invited in by one of the shops to watch the dying process, where they might then try to sell you something, like an indigo blu Berber headdress. But, the sales pressure in this little souk is nowhere near as great as in some of the bigger souks surrounding it. You may also be invited to climb up to a roof terrace to get an aerial view of the souk. If you take any photos there though, they will expect a tip.
La Criee Berbere, or Souq Zrabia, is the old slave market. Black African slaves, mostly from Guinea and Sudan, were sold here until the French took over the city in 1912. Slave markets were held at auctions here on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In the early 1900s prices here ranged from £5 for a small boy up to £150 for a beautiful woman.
Today the market has been taken over by carpet salesmen. There are still auctions here, but they are held by Berbers, who bring their hand-made carpets and kelims in from the surrounding villages.
Babouches are traditional Morrrocan slippers. In this souk you will see thousands of them, in all colours and sizes. The main traditional colour, however, is yellow.
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