Camels Receive Amazing Haircut Designs from Pakistani Barbers
What might be the biggest cattle market in the world, located in the Pakistani City of Karachi, takes quite an extravagant approach to selling cattle.
The market receives thousands of people who travel very long ways to purchase uniquely decorated camels.
Intricate designs that seem to have been made with sophisticated tools, are created with just a pair of scissors by Pakistani barbers. The owners believe this will raise the value of their camels and chances to be sold, especially during the Muslim festival Eid-ul-Azha, where the most appealing camels are preferred.
Anas Hamdini, a 24-year-old who joined his family this year to buy a camel, admired this unfamiliar art.
“We sought the services of camel barbers like Ali Hassan to give the animals a ‘makeover’ to appease buyers and onlookers,” said Naeem, a trader and owner of camels. “Buyers prefer to look for the most beautiful ones,” he added.
Ali Hassan is one of the few camel barbers from the market. He pays a visit to Karachi every year a few weeks before the festival. Already well known by the camel owners, he puts the price on his artwork, two to three thousand rupees (roughly $30-45) for one camel. Last year he made 30,000 rupees and expects to make approximately the same amount this year.
The process, learned from his forefathers, involves a piece of rope for the measurements and a pair of scissors to carve in the detailed designs. Depending on the size and color, Ali chooses the most suitable design for the camel. It takes him around four hours to complete just one side.
Picture Credits: Caters News by Anas Hamdani