Pakistani barbers create fascinating ‘haircuts’ on camels using pair of scissors
Barbers in Asia’s biggest cattle market in Karachi, Pakistan, create these fascinating designs on the coats of the long-limbed cattle using just a pair of scissors.
The intricate haircuts not just give these camels an appealing look but also increase their value in the cattle market as buyers who usually flock to buy camels during the Muslim festival Eid-ul-Azha, prefer the most beautiful camel.
These stunning pictures were taken by Anas Hamdani, 24, a professional working with an audit firm in Karachi.
He said: “I knew about this art form but only happened to witness it for the first time when I joined my family to buy a camel this year. It was a breath-taking experience. The unique designs created by patient artists were absolutely amazing.”
“A trader told me that buyers prefer to look for the most beautiful amongst them so they seek services of camel barbers to give these animals a fascinating look that could appease buyers,” he added.
The camel traders get anywhere between £63 and £94 more from a shaved camel compared to a simple one. And to get the best from the barbers, they give them a hefty pay for their artistry.
Ali Hassan, a farmer from a nearby village who also moonlights as a camel barber during the peak time says it is the best way of earning extra money.
“I learned the art of camel hair designing from my forefathers. Every year I visit Karachi a few weeks before Eid-ul-Azha in a bid to get a reward for my art work. I charge two to three thousand rupees (£13-18) for one camel.”
“It takes about four hours to complete one side of the camel haircut depending on the size and colour of the camel,” said Ali, who boasts of knowing more than 15 types of ‘haircut’ designs.
The barbers start with by taking a few measurements with the help of a rope, so that both sides of the camel’s body look similar. They then make an arc followed by a big circle in the centre and squares in the upper and lower part of the circle; then carve intricate designs inside the big circle and squares.
The result of their patience and determination are these breath-taking designs.