Work Steps

Creating a high quality of leather in the Chouara tannery, needs a noteworthy number of ventures to take after, here we will demonstrate you the tannery process:


1)  The sheep hides are initially doused in a blend of cow pee, quicklime, salt, and water. This blend assistants on crumple the outrageous cowhide, which make it lose the plenitude fat, substance, and hair that stay on them. The sheep hides are soaked to 2 to 3 days taking after those leather treaters scrap far plenitude hair filaments, then those leathers prepare for coloring.

2)  The calfskins absorbed another arrangement of vats containing a mix of water and pigeon crap. Pigeon crap holds ammonia what encourage the softening operators that permits the covers up to wind up distinctly supple, so they can ingest the colorant. The leather expert uses his uncovered feet to manipulate the stows away for up to 3 hours to accomplish the softness.

3)  The real piece of Chouara tannery is gathered from a progression of dried earth gaps, which are utilized to contain distinctive shades of color. Each shading is procured from common sources like plants and trees: cedar trees give cocoa shading, poppy blossoms give red shading, mint gives green shading, indigo gives blue shading, and saffron gives yellow shading. These sorts are utilized to color the calfskin with various items.


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Colorful pigments for sale in marketplace, Chefchaouen, Morocco

4)  The leather workers start by cleaning and trimming the animals’ skins, and pulling hair off of the skin by hand. The skins are then saturated in a blend of pigeon craps and cow urine, which apparently takes out the sheep fat and any enduring hair.


5)  After the leather dry, then it rubbed, washed, and mollified before sopping it then in the color. From that point forward, the tanners isolate the stows away into enormous piles in view of the shade of every one ought to get.

6)  After separating, the tanners bounce into a color filled opening and splash each bit of conceal, sinking it now and again by hand and different circumstances hopping here and there on a whole pile of cowhides.

7)  At last, sufficiently after drenching, somebody would go along, load up both arms with wet calfskins, and take them off to dry along the dividers and top of the tannery.

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