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I know leather tanneries are so common place here in the site at least to the older members,but for me is a spectacular one,to visit it someone,to see and enjoy this very old production way of leathers.

Traditional Moroccan Leather Tanneries – Fez

Within Moroccos’ artisanal economy leather is the country’s largest export to partners like Spain, France and India.and exports up to 100 million slippers annually. Much of the leather production is carried out in factories to keep up with export standards however Morocco's ancient tanneries are still very much in working execution. Fez, is the heart of where it all began centuries ago.

The city of Fez was founded in the 9th century and is now home to over one million people.In 1981 the Old Medina was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Old Medina is specifically home to three ancient leather tanneries, the largest being the Chouara Tannery, which has been washing, treating, smoothing, and coloring animal skins into soft, leather goods for over a thousand years.

The start of the tanning process begins with the collection and sorting of the raw animal skins. The types of animal skins used are sheep skin, goat skin, camel skin, and cow skin with the best quality leather coming from goat and camel skins. These skins are soaked for two to three days in large specialty vats that contain a mixture of cow urine, quicklime, water, and salt. This mixture will loosen excess fat, flesh, and hair that remain on the skins. Once the soaking duration is done, tanners then scrap away excess hair fibers and fat in order to prepare the skins for dyeing.

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