Fez’s Leather Dyeing Workshop

Fez, Morocco is the first Islamic city in the history of North Africa, and it is also the political, cultural and artistic center of Morocco for thousands of years.

Walking in the twists and turns of the ancient city of Fez, you may get lost even with a map, because there are endless shops. Ceramics, bronzes, carpets and leather products can be seen everywhere, the most famous of which is leather products, the street leather products are colorful, dazzling, and inexpensive. Here is the world’s largest traditional leather factory, and it is also the only place in the world that insists on hand-made leather, selling genuine camel skins and sheepskin products.

Leather dyeing is one of the ancient crafts in Morocco and even the world. Fez has very few dyeing workshops in the world that maintain the traditional pure natural dyeing method. But it’s hard to imagine that the leather production process here is “notorious”: the workers first soak the leather in cow urine, quicklime and salt, and then soak it with pigeon dung to soften it. The color on it lasts forever.

We found the leather dyeing workshop looking for the smell. Before entering the dyeing workshop, we received the mint leaves handed over and used it to stuff our noses to relieve the smell.

Looking down from the roof, the stone dyeing vats are arranged like a honeycomb, filled with colorful dyes, just like the color blocks in the color palette, with rich and bright colors. Workers stand in the dye pool or on the edge of the pool, enduring the smell of rushing noses.

The leather production process is done in the open air. In addition to the hot sun, the air around the dyeing workshop is also filled with odor. However, the leather that has been baptized by the smell is bright and bright, and has good toughness. It also complements the rough production process and reflects a primitive and unique unique temperament.