is Chouara, an 11th-century
tannery that still operates as it did a
thousand years ago.
goat, and camel
hides are brought here to be preserved, dyed,
and turned into the handbags,
jackets, and wallets sold in the surrounding
begins with the
raw skins being soaked in a mixture of cow
urine, pigeon feces, quicklime,
salt, and water—the liquid in the white wells.
This loosens the hair from the
hides and makes them softer. After a few days
of steeping in this concoction,
the skins are hauled out and hung from rails
on the balconies to dry. Then
comes the dyeing. Tannery workers plunge the
skins into the colored wells,
leaving them there for a few more days to
absorb each hue. The dyes all come
from natural substances, such as indigo,
henna, saffron, poppies, and
Sara met a deaf guy.
Lunch at Palais Terrab Restaurant
Bab Mansour Gate
Iconic gateway known for its geometric ornamentation,
devotional inscriptions & marble columns.
Typical boxy structures (both residential and
commercial) in Morocco