Saturday, 17 September 2011

Fes - The Tanneries

Fes tanneries have become a travel cliche. Photographs of them appear on guidebooks, postcards and bookmarks, and I have seen them used as a backdrop to a range of documentary speakovers ranging from travel and history to mathematics. Presumably the directors like the trip. They are more colourful than in Taroudant because they have a number of dyevats of bright colours but are consequently much smellier as pee is used as a mordant. I explained the process previously when I wrote about Taroudant tannery. In Fes you can't get up close and personal because you have to watch from the roof terrace of one of the surrounding shops. Quite steep steps. Also you are more available for a sales pitch in the shop.

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