Yassine, The Leather Artisan.

Situated on the road leading to the tanneries, facing the Mokf Hospital, lies a small leather workshop owned by Yassine, a 33 year old artisan. Yassine invited us in to his small shop to show us around. He explained that he had started sewing when he was just 12 years old and since then he has built his own workshop where he manufactures and designs shoes, hats, jackets and more.

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Yassine bought the most of the raw material from le quartier des tanneurs, a short walk away from his shop. Although he works in a variety of leathers – sheep, cow, goat and camel – Yassine told us that he mainly works with beltst, a camel leather, as it is typically less expensive and has greater resistance to stains than full-grain leather, so long as the finish remains unbroken.

You can find Yassine’s shop and workshop on the route of our ‘Leather and Tanning’ Medina walk, accessible for free via the MarrakechRiad app. If you would like to find out more about the free MarrakechRiad app, the ‘Leather and Tanning’ walk or any of our other medina walks, then our Riad staff would be happy to help.

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