How one of the last fez makers in Cairo is keeping the traditional Ottoman hat alive

  • Fez hats were once a symbol of the Ottoman Empire.
  • But shops in Egypt were wiped out when the headwear was banned in the 1950s.
  • Today, there are only a few fez makers left in Cairo.
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Fez hats were once a symbol of the Ottoman Empire. But after they were banned in Egypt in the 1950s, fez shops largely disappeared. We visited one of the last shops in Cairo, where Nasser Abd El-Baset has been making fezzes for over 40 years.

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