A visit to a smelly tannery in Fes, Morocco
One of the more interesting – yet challenging – aspects of our tour of the city of Fes in Morocco was a visit to the tannery. I had never seen a tannery in operation before and we were warned about the smell before our arrival. It is truly a memorable experience. What amazes me is that this tannery was allowed to operate within metres of many homes and shops. I guess that the locals either get used to the smell, or reluctantly accept that they cannot change anything and put up with it.
Our views of the tannery in action were from a balcony of a leather shop overlooking the works. The climb up to the top of this series of homes and shops was narrow and steep, but we were rewarded with good views of the tannery as shown in today’s photos. I have also included below a photo of some of the thousands of leather items for sale, the end product of the tannery workers.