Chouara Tannery (sometimes spelled Chouwara) is one of the three tanneries in the city of Fez, Morocco. It is the largest tannery in the city and one of the oldest. It is located in the Fes el Bali, the oldest medina quarter of the city, near the Saffarin Madrasa along the Oued Fes (also known as the Oued Bou Khrareb). Since the inception of the city, the tanning industry has been continually operating in the same fashion as it did in the early centuries. Today, the tanning industry in the city is considered one of the main tourist attractions. The tanneries are packed with the round stone vessels filled with dye or white liquids for softening the hides. The leather goods produced in the tanneries are exported around the world.
Local tradition generally holds that the Chouara Tannery, as well as the Sidi Moussa Tannery southwest of the Zawiya of Moulay Idris, date from the city's foundation by Idris II (beginning of the 9th century).: 296 Historical texts make reference to the Sidi Moussa Tannery more definitely in the early 12th century, but the age of the Chouara Tannery is more unclear and the earlier history of either tannery is not firmly established. Modern historians have said that there isn't clear evidence for where the city's earliest tanneries were located but that tanneries did likely exist soon after the city's foundation and would likely have been located near the main river or near other natural water sources just as they are today.
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Matt Clarke | Jul 30, 2018
Interesting to see how the tanneries operate and work! The smell is very strong and fairly bad so they give you a mint plant to smell as you walk around. There is lots of leather items from shoes to bags to coats and much more. They push hard to make a sale and want you to buy something. The experience is less educational and more sales tatic but it was interesting to walk around and see everything. We bought a belt for $10 which is okay.
Samantha Siomko | Jul 22, 2018
Was cool to see the tannery process and they have some good items. But if you don't intend to buy anything, the "guides" will harass you for money, even though it says clearly on the sign that it's free. If you intend to go, don't let them follow you around the shop. +1 stars from what I intended to give because I'll admit it was really cool to see the tannery from above
Anie Will | Jun 5, 2018
An absolute must see. See the old handcraft still being practiced, walk around the medina and enjoy the architecture and colors, even on the resting day, when no one is working. Maybe even better as everything is very quiet and relaxed.
YY Lok | Jul 1, 2018
Amazing experience!! 100% natural dyes ,all hand-made. I'm glad they have kept this traditional handicraft! Please be aware that it might be a bit smelly inside. The staffs there will offer you a mint leave so you can sniff the mint when the smell goes too strong. Afterall, it's animal skin and dyes so it's reasonable if it's smelly. It's also important to hire a tour guide from the tourism office because he can guide you and show you the entire Medina. It's like a maze, the heart of Medina
Ken Lui | May 28, 2018
Don't bother unless you like being harassed by their "employees". We went up to the shop refused any "guide" and their mint. The employee literally blocked the exit and won't let us leave unless we pay. Originally one of their employees asked us for 200 euros. After arguing he finally told us to leave but he smacked my girlfriend's arm hard. Kept swearing at us when we left.
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