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  A local artisan at work
by brazwhazz

After you have seen a few of Tozeur's buildings, it is likely you will want to know more about the bricks that are used to build them. For an interesting look into Tozeur's brick heritage, go to the Belvedere Rocks, where you will find locals able to direct you to the brickyard some 5-10 minutes further away on foot.

We were fortunate to meet a local man named Chebbi, who was nice enough to take us to the brickyard and have a local artisan show us how the bricks are made. We were also shown some handmade pieces of pottery, which are made from the same white and red clay as the bricks, but in different proportions. As a token of gratitude, we bought a hand-made earthen teapot, which made a nice souvenir.

At the brickyard, we also learned that the local government has decreed that at least 30% of the exterior of all new buildings in Tozeur must be made using these bricks. It is a great way to preserve this unique heritage and ensure the livelihood of the brickmakers.

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  • Written Jun 17, 2006
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