Large knife in hand, a tanner examines the skin before scraping it; the sun catches the walls behind and lights up the skin.
A tanner, seen from above, climbs from a pit; his legs and arms are still dripping with poppy flower dye whose colour blends with the sunlight
Along the pits
Young boy carrying dry skins and guiding a donkey towards the store. The long sides of the pits are full of boys in their first year of studying at the tannery school
A meeting of light, colors, material, animal and human life as a young boy learns the tanning tradition.
Seen from above a tanner throws skins into a pit of red dye, split into light and shade by the strong sun
Back to Middle Ages ! Views of the traditional work of the tanners, whose practices have remained unchanged since the 14th century, at the Chouara tannery. It is the largest of the four ancient tanneries still in existence in the medina of Fez and is composed of numerous dried-earth pits where raw skins are treated, pounded, scraped and dyed. Tanners work in vats filled with various coloured liquid dyes derived from plant sources. Colours change every two weeks, poppy flower for red, mint for green, indigo for blue, chedar tree for brown and saffron for yellow.