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In Cairo, Dye Workshop Fights to Survive

Egypt's hard-currency crisis and competition from modern factories in Asia and at home threaten one of the last dyeing workshops in Egypt but one of its owners takes comfort in the trade's ancient resilience. Mohamed Mostafa boasts that the trade dates back 3,000 years, so it can survive anything. "It is sick but it won't die," said Mostafa, who runs the grimy workshop built in 1901 along with his father and brothers. "If God is willing it will last another...

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