A Look Inside A Moroccan Tannery
Posted on 13 September 2016
Fez, a city famed for leather products, is home to three ancient leather tanneries. Chouara Tannery is the largest and oldest dating back almost a thousand years.
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Every day, tanners place the raw hides of cows, goats, camels, and sheep into deep earthenware vats, taking them through a process of soaking, stripping, drying, and dyeing – or tanning, hence the name.
This is all achieved manually, without the need for modern machinery, the process has barely changed since the 12th Century, which makes these tanneries a must-visit in Morocco.
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The best views of the tanneries are from the surrounding terraces where the leather shops are located but to really immerse yourself, you must take a walk inside. The stench produced from the tanneries is pungent, however, guides will offer you fresh sprigs of mint to carry around with you. It's all part of the experience!