Leather Tannery in Fes el Bali at Fez, Morocco - Encircle Photos

24 Leather Tannery in Fes el Bali at Fez, Morocco

The noxious stench of the Chouara tannery is bad. Yet it is nothing compared to watching the barbaric process of creating leather. The animal skins are first dried in the blistering, North African heat on roofs and balconies. Then they are bathed in pigeon excrement and animal urine. Next stop is to a honeycomb of stone vessels. Workers stand in the colored vegetable dye while soaking the hides along with their own arms, waist and legs. OSHA would not approve of the practices at the Tanners’ Quarter. However, the resulting leather goods are magnificent.

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Morocco Tannery Shop, Fes, Morocco

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