Babili company explored the leather market in Morocco

2019-02-28

On February 16th, our company led a team to visit Morocco to discuss cooperation and was invited to visit the production of famous local leather dyeing houses and leather processing factories in Morocco.

Morocco is a coastal Arab country in northwestern Africa. It is the fifth largest economy in Africa and the third largest economy in North Africa. Under the guidance of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Morocco is increasingly valued cooperation with China. The two countries have frequent economic and trade exchanges, especially Morocco imports from China, with a wide range of products and large imports.

Morocco leather is a kind of exquisite goat leather that is used to refer to a kind of plant enamel. It is a leather that is hand-cut into a unique fine gravel pattern or pin pattern on the grain surface after being lighted. Strictly speaking, Moroccan leather refers to goat leather made from only lacquered tincture.

Tannery in Fez, Morocco. Fiss is known for its leather products, most of which come from local leather markets. The leather market has three ancient tanneries, of which the Saoha tannery is the largest and the oldest, with a history of nearly 1,000 years.


The tannery of Fiss consists of a large number of stone containers filled with various dyes and liquids that spread out like a beautiful watercolor. Through a series of processes, the tannery transforms cowhide, sheepskin, goatskin and camel skin into high-quality leather products such as handbags, leather, shoes and slippers. The entire production process is done manually, without using any modern machines.

At the Saoha tannery, the hide is first soaked in a mixture of cow urine, quicklime, water and salt. This corrosive mixture helps to treat the firm skin and remove the fat, meat and hair remaining on it. After immersing for two to three days, the workers scrape off the remaining hair fibers and fat to prepare for dyeing.