Water-seller hat: Water-seller is one of the oldest and most important professions in the cities of North Africa where the heat in summer reaches 55 degrees. Carrying their colourful dresses and vessels filled with water behind their backs, water-sellers wander around bazaars from one shop to another, feeding the thirst of both traders and customers. This tradition is still alive in some of the oldest cities of Morocco: Fes, Rabat and Marrakech. Morocco, late 20th cent. (Source: http://worldhat.net/en/exhibition/water-seller-hat )
This man sells sea water to upcountry people who use it medicinally. For people who have never seen the sea it can be intimidating to wade into the surf and they are not always dressed to be able to withstand a dunking. Shot on the Durban beachfront. #waterseller#beachfront#sea#coast
Naples has a lot of iconic eateries and shops, but one of the lesser-known city icons is the kiosk of the fresh-water-seller. Scattered throughout the city, these water banks dispense coolness instead of money.
While the kiosks now sell all types of refreshments, alcohol included, almost all still stock sulfur water, the main ingredient of the Neapolitan gazosa. Click on the link in our bio to read more about this explosive drink and where to find it. Featuring photos by @menna_claudio.
Le Jardin et Le Gharrib
Feeling thirsty in Marrakech? Don’t you worry, just get a bottle of water from a nearby store. Alternatively look for a funny looking man wearing red clothing and oversized brimmed hat with tassels hanging underneath it, carrying a furry leather bag made of goat skin, and a set of copper or brass cups strapped to his chest as if it was a necklace. Yes, you damn heard it right!
Historically speaking, these water sellers or locally known as The Gharrib, were once considered very important as they carried the most precious commodity in the desert. Nowadays, these men are not only pour water for you but also will entertain you in return for small amount of money.
Believe it or not, you might see a lot of their customers are local people as Moroccans consider it to be lucky to drink the water from The Gharrib.