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Leather tannery in Morocco. Source: gatsi / Adobe Stock

The Risks of Keeping the World’s Oldest Leather Tannery Alive (Video)


The Chouara Tannery in Morocco, with its rich history dating back to the 11th century, has been a hub for skilled tanners transforming animal hides into leather using time-honored techniques. While the tanning process has remained unchanged throughout the centuries, it heavily relies on the use of hazardous chemicals, posing a significant threat to the health and well-being of the workers involved. As awareness of the risks associated with these chemicals grows, some individuals are no longer willing to jeopardize their health for the sake of preserving this ancient tradition. A journey to the world's oldest leather tannery in Fez, Morocco, offers a unique insight into the challenges faced by the craftsmen maintaining this centuries-old craft.

Top image: Leather tannery in Morocco. Source: gatsi / Adobe Stock

By Joanna Gillan

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Joanna Gillan is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. 

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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