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These are the tanneries of Marrakech. They use the ammonia found in pigeon shit to help soften the leather then dye it with natural pigment from basil, saffron and poppies.


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  1. i hope you got some of that leather…i’d love to see the colours you described. (and now i really want to use basil for dye! wouldn’t that smell amazing!?)

    September 18, 2011
  2. vic #

    In principle it should. But nothing about these places smells amazing…

    September 18, 2011
  3. ohhh. major disappointment! they need to work on that – everything should be as tasty as it sounds when on vacation, haha.

    September 19, 2011
  4. Polly #

    Massive WOW. These photos are unbelievsies.

    September 20, 2011
  5. These photographs are just stunning – they’re inspiring me to plan a trip to some faraway land….

    September 21, 2011

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