There is no greater craft tradition in Farafra than the spinning of wool - both from camels and sheep. Unusually, both for Egypt and the world in general, spinning is a male occupation. Heavy fellows can be seen walking down the main street twirling a spindle and bobbin as they chat with friends and drink a glass of mint tea. Knitting, too, as amongst sailors, is an occupation practiced by men in Farafra.
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