This is what Fès is famous for – Chouwara Tanneries. Fès has been associated with the traditional craft of tanning since at least the Middle Ages. Visitors cannot enter the tanneries but can watch the action from balconies overlooking them. Hides from cows, camels, or goats are first cleaned, then soaked in a mixture made from the bark of pomegranate trees to soften them. They are next rinsed and dried; a walk around the tanneries district will discover countless hides strewn over walls and roofs to be dried in the sun. The hides are then dyed. Many tanners still use dyes concocted from berries and plants, as they would have generations ago.
Here are some local leather products you can buy:
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