One of my fave things to do in Fés was exploring all the craft it is famous for, leather making being one of the most important ones for this city that supplies most of Morocco’s leather.
The traditional leather tanneries in Fés have stayed unchanged for centuries. Zero chemicals used. The skins are first dropped in a mixture of water, limestone and pigeon poop (the pigeon poop contains ammonia which softens the hides). The dyeing vats (seen in this image) all use natural dyes - cedar wood for brown, poppy for red, henna for orange, saffron for yellow and so on. An assault on the nose, these tanneries, but so worth it. Such a refreshing diversion from the leather tanneries I’m used to visiting as part of my work, where I have at times seen the effect of horrific toxins on some of the workers. #morocco#fez#craft#leathercraft