The city of Fez in northern Morocco will host its first annual leather craft show from July 12 to 21. The show aims to promote the economic value of Fez’ leather industry.
Rabat – Attendees of the craft show will have the opportunity to learn about the region’s leather-craft industry.
The exhibition will host over 120 professionals. Artisans, small and medium-sized organizations, and cooperatives meet attendees in exhibition stands set up over an area of 4000 square meters.
The show is organized by the Chambre of Artisans of the Fez-Meknes region, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism. It is part of a broader strategic plan to value regional craftsmanship.
In January, the Chamber of Artisans organized the first Fez metal-craftsmanship show. It is currently planning a ceramic show, dates of which have not yet been announced.
The leatherwork show will include exhibition stands, a leather antique sales area, and a design and leatherwork demonstration area.
The event will also include seminars and round-table discussions by leather specialists, as well as training workshops for artisans wishing to broaden their skills.
The leather industry in Fez, and across Morocco is an important industrial sector, employing over 21 000 people per year according to figures from the Ministry of Industry.
The ancient tanneries of the city of Fez are a well-known tourist attraction.
Many come to take photographs of the hundreds of circular pits filled with colorful dyes and chemical products used to treat leather before it is crafted into bags, clothing, shoes, and furniture.
The city of Fez has recently donated MAD 800 000 ($83,000) towards improving the working conditions of leather tanners in the Fez Medina.
The funds will benefit over 845 professionals and will cover protective clothing kits against the harsh chemicals used in the tanning process, protective glasses, plastic boots, and protective gloves.