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The chouwara tannery of Fes where animal hides are turned into soft colourful leather, a process that has remained unchanged since medieval times. This is the largest and busiest of the four traditional tanneries still operating in the medina. Sheep, goat, cow and camel skins are cured, stretched, scraped and dyed in numerous honeycombed earthen pits in a process that is still as manual as when it began in the 13th century. .