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The exceptional leather-work of Morocco

Morocco is a country with a long and rich history of leatherwork. Moroccan leatherworkers are some of the most skilled and experienced in the world. They have a deep understanding of the different types of leather and how to work with them. The country has a long tradition of producing high-quality leather goods. Moroccan leatherworkers use a variety of traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful and unique pieces.


In Morocco, leatherworking is an ancient craft that has been passed down through generations. The Moroccan leather industry is renowned for its high quality and craftsmanship, and leather goods are a popular souvenir for tourists. Here is everything you need to know about leatherworks in Morocco, from the history of the craft to the best places to buy leather goods.





“Maroquin” is a word from the 15th century that was used to describe MorocIn Morocco, leatherworking is an ancient craft that has been passed down through generations. The Moroccan leather industry is renowned for its high quality and craftsmanship, and leather goods are a popular souvenir for tourists.


“Maroquinerie” now represents the Moroccan leather business. That shows how ancient the Moroccan leather-making tradition is, majorly in the ancient city of Fez, where we can still see leather tanneries along with their foul & colorful tanks.


Tanneries in Morocco


Most Moroccan cities, including Fez, Tangier, Marrakech, Tetouan, Rabat, and Meknes, have a leatherworking legacy.


There, around half of the leather is produced. It has been passed down through the generations for ages. In several areas of Marrakech and Fez, tanners with those vibrant tanks are at work. These locations are pretty beautiful. From the tanned hides and skins of cows, sheep, and goats, Moroccan leatherworkers create a wide range of goods, including:


  • Hand-stamped, embroidered leather slippers

  • Saddles for camels and horses

  • Fully embroidered leather bags and dagger cases,

  • Wallets

  • Poufs and ottomans

  • Hats

  • Purses, satchels and bags

  • Coats and jackets

  • Jewelry boxes

  • Trinket dishes

Leather is an important part of the Moroccan economy


Apart from Moroccan carpets, the leather sector has grown to be a substantial source of export earnings for the country. Marrakech continues to be the significant southern hub for the processing and marketing wool and skins, and leatherwork has played a significant role in Moroccan history and trade. Its name, which stems from the term "maroquin," now makes sense.


The three main components of leather manufacture are tanning, dyeing, and leatherwork. In the Souk, we can watch these activities and the entire leather production process. Each city and area has its own expertise. The colored embroideries are Ocher's crowing glory.


If you're looking for a place to explore your creativity and learn a new skill, Morocco is the perfect destination. The country is home to a rich tradition of leather work, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn from experienced artisans.


Not only will you see and learn how these beautiful pieces of art are produced, but you'll also gain a better understanding of the culture and history of Morocco. So why not give it a try? You might just fall in love with leather work.



Travel inspiration photo gallery: Leatherworks and tanneries of Morocco



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