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Chouara Tannery

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Address: Hay Lablida Chouara, Fes, Morocco
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Fez Medina 4-Hour Guided Walking Tour
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Signature in Fez! Must go visit.

If you plan to go Fez a must to visit medersa and tannery. The 2nd one where to see how they tan the skin of bags and other accessories from real leathers. What a respectful of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chouara Tannery is located in the heart of Fes Medina. You can get there relatively easily by following the main shopping streets. When getting closer to the tanneries, local will confuse you by indicating different ways to lead you to various leather shops where you can have a view. All view points are inside shops. Shops can be of... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Chaouwara tanneries produce leather using methods dating back to medieval times. But enter with caution because the smell from the leather will blow you away and your only saviour will be the mint leaves offered to you as you make your way up to the balconies for a view of the pits that are awash with colours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A truly unique experience that allows you to watch workers prepare the pigeon droppings (in the white vats) and then die the hides. Warning: VERY aromatic!

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Ho Chi Minh City, null, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you plan to go Fez a must to visit medersa and tannery. The 2nd one where to see how they tan the skin of bags and other accessories from real leathers. What a respectful of their jobs. But i recommend you should not buy due to price and smell.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I visited the tannery it was being restored so I didn't have to put up with the horrible smells, but the leatherworking shops around it are huge, I got myself a camel leather jacket that is absolutely amazing. But barter barter barter, they ask probably close to 3x what they are willing to sell for.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was amazing!!! I work in a shop where we sell a few natural pigments and to see how they are used here to paint leather is really cool. The rooftops and shops belong to the families that also own these puddles, ask them anything, they are really proud of their work! To hear that in 1200 years the only... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting this tannery provided an up close, personal and very smelly overview of how raw skins are turned into beautiful leather items. I bought several pairs of slippers for Christmas presents and also for myself. The prices seemed reasonable for the quality. I wasn't in the market for purses or clothes, so have no idea whethere there is a good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I'm a tour guide by trade so don't tend to follow the tourist trail when travelling independently so I chose to take a few photos from the back/outside of Chouara tanneries instead of go upto the tourist viewing platform (or so I thought).I was approached my a grubby but smiley young guy &ended up having my rollalong luggage carried off... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

The leather goods was just that. Not my,personal cup of tea. But the vats, the pidgeon poop, the colors, the history and the workers was well worth the visit to the Tannery.

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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Not particularly interesting.. This is just a place where people slaughter animals for leather products. The smell was awful and there were animal excrement along the way. Don't buy the leather

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