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Chouara Tannery

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Chouara Tannery

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PALTravel wrote a review Jun 2020
Portland, Oregon1,527 contributions758 helpful votes
We were lucky as there weren't any crowds when we visited and it was a cooler day. What this means is that it was very easy to see the entire tannery WITHOUT THE STINK. I'm not sure the leather shop we entered to view the tannery was very good as far as quality so if you're looking for leather goods, make sure you shop around.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Dimitris L wrote a review Jun 2020
Sydney, Australia14,210 contributions47,310 helpful votes
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The Chouara Tannery is in the old part of the city, in the Fes el Bali. It is located right by the river that runs through that particular area. The water comes in handy. We visited but on the day while the shops were trading the actual tannery was not operating. However it was very interesting to see the place and all those vats that are used to manufacture the different types of leather that Fes and Morocco is famous for, around the world. The actual manufacturing process has not changed since medieval times! No modern methods are used. Quite extraordinary.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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HINA W wrote a review May 2020
Islamabad, Pakistan5,550 contributions893 helpful votes
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This is a historic 11th century tannery of Fes. We took a tour of this amazing but stinky place. The shopkeepers, in the area, take you to the balconies above the shop and explain the process for a few dirhams. The age old traditional methods used were simply mind blowing. The cow and sheep hides are first limed, then softened with pigeon dung. Next the tanners pound the skins with their feet for hours. After this the hides are immersed in huge earthen pots filled with plant based dyes. Lastly the skins are dried and sent to leather craftsmen to make bags, shoes, belts and drums. No trip to Fes is complete without a visit here.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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DeanMurphy2020 wrote a review May 2020
Orlando, Florida7,280 contributions2,242 helpful votes
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Years ago, I saw a National Geographic special regarding this historic site. Of course, the final stage of tanning is the vibrant dye colors. When there, the vats held nasty looking brown liquid. Workers were thigh deep in the fluid presumably working the leather into a malleable texture. There were some animal skins (it’s not leather until the process is complete) hanging from balconies. There was the ubiquitous sales pitch after viewing the dye vats, and our tour group of 35 were invited to browse two floors of fine leather goods. There was a jacket I’d like to have acquired, but the “haggle” price was the equivalent of $800. I made it clear to the sales person that I am not wealthy and would not state a price. He followed me about the showroom carrying the jacket, begging that I “negotiate.” I find it offensive that prices are not posted on items, and that tourists have to ask the price. I learned a valuable lesson in Cordoba, Spain. Outdoor vendors hawked leather goods, invited us smell the fragrant leather. The guide had informed us, “If leather smells outdoors, it stinks inside.” She added that quality leather has a subtle fragrance.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Itzik L wrote a review Apr 2020
Tel Aviv, Israel3,691 contributions1,428 helpful votes
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One of the best places in Morocco and Pes in particular, is watching the leather coloring. An entire industry that still deals with the leather like the Middle Ages. If you come to the area on rue Chouara street they will start looking for you to pull you into their store. The roads are very narrow with very high walls on both sides. At the shop there are several floors of leather items they want to sell to you, upstairs they have a view of the coloring area. The place looked very pretty, the smell overall passable, nothing more than what they said about it too much. After seeing that from that point on we see a little less good we moved to another place, where we also gave us a mint to put near the nose that we will not suffer too much. go to Leather Shop with rooftop terrace, from there you will see it better, closer and right a above it
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Date of experience: May 2019
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