Fes: Tannery and Pottery



April 21, 2013 

The tannery in the medina in Fes was founded 900 years ago.  Assume for a moment that the art of tanning animal hides was already a mature craft at that time.  So when did tanning begin?  Decades before that?  Centuries?   A millennia or two? 

Preparing and decorating clay pottery and tiles is surely another ancient art form.

I had the privilege today to observe the contemporary artisans at work.  I know that my observations are evoking feelings, but somehow I cannot put those feelings into words.   It’s a mystery.  

 I do hope that what we have inherited from before time began will prevail until the end of time.

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