Photo Essay: The Ancient Tanneries of Fez

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Written by Karen Elowitt

While more modern methods prevail elsewhere in the world, in the tanneries of Fez, Morocco, artisans have been using techniques that date back 1000 years. These tanneries are tucked behind the medieval buildings that comprise the old city center, the medina. When you buy a pair of vivid leather shoes from the souk in Fez, bear in mind the backbreaking, dirty work that was required to produce those gleaming slippers — a tradition that will likely go on for another 1000 years.

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