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10/16/2017 20:23:46


Wishing you a wonderful new week. Hugs Connie




10/16/2017 20:14:04

WOW Urine and Poop sounds great! Very interesting. What a process. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Connie



sciguy161 wrote:

Below is a video that I took of workers preparing the leather in the ancient tradition using only natural dyes.


Fez’s tanneries are composed of numerous stone vessels filled with a vast range of dyes and various liquids spread out like a tray of watercolors. Dozens of men, many standing waist deep in dyes, work under the hot sun tending to the hides that remain soaked in the vessels. The tanneries processes the hides of cows, sheep, goats and camels, turning them into high quality leather products such as bags, coats, shoes, and slippers. This is all achieved manually, without the need for modern machinery, and the process has barely changed since medieval times, which makes these tanneries absolutely fascinating to visit.


At the tannery, hides are first soaked in a mixture of cow urine, quicklime, water, and salt. This caustic mixture helps to break down the tough leather, loosen excess fat, flesh, and hair that remain on them. The hides are soaked for two to three days after which tanners scrap away excess hair fibers and fat in order to prepare the hides for dyeing. The hides are then soaked in another set of vats containing a mixture of water and pigeon poop. Pigeon poop contains ammonia that acts as softening agents that allows the hides to become malleable so they can absorb the dye. The tanner uses his bare feet to knead the hides for up to three hours to achieve the desired softness. 

Have a great week,

John and Ger



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10/16/2017 17:10:55

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10/16/2017 10:33:32

Welcome to a new week. My Monday is rather gray and drippy at the moment, but it’s supposed to clear off later on. And get cooler; back to autumn weather! I’m so ready. I can’t believe this month is half over now. Time goes by too quickly for my liking. Have a great day and week, John and Ger! Yes, that whole stomping hides in urine in bare feet sounds just thrilling and right up my alley. NOT! LOL

Hugs and Smiles,

Darci




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