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As we approached to Fez tannery in the old Medina, and through fes city tours the smell deriving from the tanning vats was somewhat unbearable. In Fez, there are three tanneries that have been cleaning, stripping, smoothing and dyeing animal skins and switch it into soft moroccan leather for over thousand years.

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Fez Tannery leathers are collected, organized then drenched for two or three days in large special hole that contains a fusion of quicklime, cow urine, water, and salt to remove easily the animal hair. Once it is cleaned, they laid them out to dry.

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Once it dried, the hides are then drenched in other holes that are a mixture of water and chicken feces which contains ammonia that softens them and makes them supple. The tanner then uses his bare feet to knead the skins for three hours until they have reached the wanted softness.

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The hides of Fez Tannery are then moved to the holes used for dyeing. The tanneries in the Old Medina are using natural vegetable dyes including poppy flower for red color, indigo for blue color, henna for orange, cedar wood for brown, mint for green, and saffron for yellow color. They also use other materials for dyeing include pomegranate powder, which is rubbed on the skins to turn them yellow, and olive oil, which makes them bright. The skins are left in the dyeing holes for about one week. Each week the dyes are changed out for different colors.
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Once they fully ingest the color they are taken to be stretched on wooden frames until they dry. The total tanning process takes about 20 days from start to finish. The work in Fez Tannery is not easy at all, it is obvious how many steps they did and how many work they do, just to bring us the highest quality of leather products

Fez tannery has a huge number of people’s interest especially journalist and photographers from the whole world.

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