Eid brings bonanza for camel barbers in Pakistan

The Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated with gusto in Pakistan, with the sacrifice of thousands of animals to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, but the livestock markets are also the setting for a more peaceful ritual - the ancient art of camel grooming.

Decorated camels at market in Karachi, Pakistan.

Decorated camels at market in Karachi, Pakistan. Image by Farhan Chawla / CC BY 2.0

Pakistan’s camel barbers make their living trimming elaborate geometric designs into the animals’ fur to make them more attractive to buyers. The process of adorning a camel can take hours, but it can add thousands of rupees to the sale price. Read more: dawn.com

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