Chouara Tannery, Fes

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Observe the completely manual process of leather dying that hasn't changed since the Middle Ages at Chouara Tannery, the largest and oldest of Fes' three tanneries. The only downside to your visit may be the stench of pigeon poop and cow urine, part of a mixture used for softening the hides. Plan my Fes trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • I visited the tannery/Tannerie Chouara of Fes in April 2018. I had visited a tannery in Marrakech last year, the difference is that in Marrakech you can enter directly from the alleys, with or without official guide or pseudo officer if you know how to get there (that's beside the point), instead you're forced to climb on the terraces in Fes of the various leather shops for sale, then on their own without help I guess there you could go. The tannery in Fez is more colorful than that of Marrakech and slightly bigger, then the fact of seeing it from the top of the terraces enables you to see at a glance. At the entrance to the stairs leading to the terraces is offered a sprig of Mint to not smell typical; then depends on the stage of the processes and the direction of the wind, I did not hear much odor. I felt much more smell in various alleys of medina when they passed donkeys laden with skins. What makes an impression, and had impressed me also in Marrakech, you see the attendants (use of tanneries is the prerogative of some families, in which the craft is handed down from father to son) plunged nearly Bare legged in the various processing tanks, both those with ammonia (mainly pigeon droppings) or with colors. On various terraces, then there are the skins to dry in the Sun. As mentioned above, the tannery is surrounded by homes quite high, so from the street you can not see anything. The descent from the terraces requires, of course, to pass on the different floors of the stores of skins, very beautiful and varied, but does lose a little time: after all they would like everyone to buy something. Us for the first day of visit of the medina we have relied to a guide, according to our official riad (didn't see badges): it was disappointing because, apart from the tannery where as I said you can go only with a some Guide , took over in the various shops to visit madrasahs and places of interest. I had to insist I, say, to see the medersa Bou Inania.
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  • Smell of dyeing and leather tanning works, so anyway is incredible. Papered the smell, and go nose with mint leaves. Depending on who will be calling out someone guide me, and hard to understand where the money requires.
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  • See attached pics. This place is a must-do and do this tannery as it is the largest in the medina. It is like a reverse L shape when viewed from above (see attached pic). And you want to be at bottom ...  more »
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