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Tanneries of Fes

Listed under Modern Cultures in Fes, Morocco.

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A lot of the soft leather Morocco is famous for producing comes from Fes. More correctly the tanner's quarter close to the Karaouine Mosque – you can't miss the smell of it, so approach at your peril of your palate. Visitors can get pretty close to the action, if they've an interest to, on one of the terraces that over look the honeycomb shaped dye and treatment pits of the tanning yards.

You might think the leather would be the most toxic scent but it's the bird droppings used in the curing process that really smells the place out.

Written by  Esther Blume.

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