Monday, July 15, 2013

Tanneries in the Medina of Fez

This is one of my favorite postcards, which shows many leather dyeing vats in one of the tanneries in Fes, the Old Medina – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. Leather is the country’s largest export to partners like Spain and France, thus Morocco’s ancient tanneries, began centuries ago, are still of great economical and cultural significance. Fez, the third largest city of the country, is the heart of it. The Old Medina is specifically home to three ancient leather tanneries, which have been washing, treating, smoothing, and coloring animal skins into soft, leather goods for over a thousand years. Many thanks to Houda for this gorgeous postcard!

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