So before I head to a gorgeous Puerto Rican beach today (bahaha! =P), I wanted to switch it up on cultural tidbit Monday! Today we are taking a break from The World’s Superstitions series and traveling to the Arab world in order to learn more about their culture. Chosen topic this week: The leather tannery in Fez!
When the tannery is colorful! Photo: Bernard Gagnon, Wiki Commons
I had never visited a tannery until I lived in north Africa back in 2009. In fact, I didn’t even know that tannery is the process of making leather, which does not decompose easily, from the fast-decomposing skin of animals. Interesting huh?
While the old medina of Marrakech also has one, I only visited the leather tannery in Fez Morocco (as it was only a 1.5-hour ride from the AUI campus). Oh well, yet another reason to come back to this beautiful North African country! Below, some pictures, history and overview of the process of tanning leather! =D
Entrance of the tannery in Fez - yes, it is FREE! Photo: Matt Cherry
Me on a balcony overlooking the workshop at the tannery
Me at a leather shop nearby the tannery
[click here to learn more about the leather tannery process and history]
Have you visited the tannery in Fez Morocco?