It was in the fourteenth century that the word “maroquin” (frensh word) was becoming widespread in Morocco,this word that means from goat and sheep leather.

This is an artisan specialty which refers to the manufacture of handicrafts made from leather.


Working with leather is one of the prides and one of the great specialties of Moroccan craftsmanship. It is a tradition linked to many cities in the UK such as Fez, Meknes, Marrakech, Rabat, Tetouan, Tangiers, from which half of production of leather comes. Walking through these cities, you understand why the word “maroquin” had its roots here, as the work is neat and good quality products.

Over time, this tradition of leather still perpetuate since today we find whole neighborhoods wall with colorful tanks, where many tanners are activated as in Fez and Marrakech and offer a quite extraordinary spectacle.

The leather craft holds an important place in the Moroccan trade and on the history of the country. The city Marrakech remains the biggest center of the south in the processing and trade of wool and skins as evidenced by its name which comes from morocco.

The leather work involves three trades, tanners, dyers and leather workers. A tour in the souk craft for discovering these interesting crafts is a fun experience with the very strong dominant smell of leather in the souk that makes you want to visit the manufacturing workshop to have a clear view of the leather-making process and its products marketed.

Each city and region have their specialty, color embroideries are one of the ocher city. Very many fascinating objects made from leather, wallet, bag, belt, footstool without forgetting the famous babouches that give this look so peaceful Moroccan. Solid color for men, women’s babouches are embroidered on them. In the souk, many shops offer a variety of objects of all colors. Pleasure and friendly souvenirs too.


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