In 2018, 12.3 million international tourists visited Morocco. There’s a reason so many people flock to this beautiful country. A long list of reasons make this country worth visiting. A long, fascinating history, beautiful city architecture, world-class surf spots, and stunning mountains and deserts. The country has something for everyone.
One of Morroco’s biggest draws is the mysterious cities of Marrakesh and Fez. The small alleyways, colorful, bustling streets, filled with bewildering sounds and delicious smells, make it a feast for the senses.
Traders and craftspeople selling their wares fill the city’s old fort in Marakesh. The souk is the traditional market that sells everything from herbs and spices to handcrafted Berber carpets and modern electronics.
The level of craftsmanship you will find in Moroccan cities is exceptional. Morocco is world-renowned for its crafts and handmade goods. Many visitors schedule shopping into their itinerary. They don’t want to miss out on bringing home items they can’t find anywhere else in the world.
Want to know more about what makes Moroccan leather so special? Why should a Moroccan leather bag be a staple part of everybody’s wardrobe? Keep on reading to find out.
Short History of Morocco’s Leather Industry
Morocco is renowned for high-quality leather goods; they are another of the country’s specialties. After all, the world’s oldest leather tannery is in the city of Fez.
The Moroccan leather industry has a long history, intertwined with craftmanship and excellency. The methods of tanning leather hides are often the same today as they have been for centuries.
As mentioned, one of the oldest leather tanneries in the world is in Morocco. The well-known Chouara Tannery, located in Fez and is one of three ancient tanneries in the city.
The Chouara Tannery has been in operation since at least the 11th century; some sources date it back as far as the founding of the city of Fez by Idris II in the 9th Century.
As the leather industry developed, it became reputable for the quality of the products. Historical sources suggest leather products from Morocco went as far as Baghdad when the leather industry first started exporting goods. History also shows that very early on, the leather industry became intrinsically tied to the Moroccan economy.
How Is Moroccan Leather Made?
At a Moroccan tannery, it all starts with skins from goats, camels, sheep, or cows. A lot of work is required before they become the beautiful products you see for sale.
Many tanneries still use the same methods that have been used for centuries. This means a lot of the work is done by hand, which is very labor-intensive.
Many leather hides are dyed using natural plant dyes. This is one of the things that makes Moroccan leather unique. Treating the hides is the first step to make sure there are no hairs, flesh, or fat remaining on them.
The skins are left for about three days in limestone vats containing cow urine, salt, water, and quicklime for pre-treatment. The workers have to stamp on the skins themselves to make sure they are ready to take the dyes.
The skins are dyed, then left to dry in the sun, ready to be sent to the craftspeople who will turn them into the final product.
It is intense work, not for the faint-hearted! As no modern machinery is used, it takes a lot of people to prepare one piece of leather. This attention to detail and use of ancient techniques contributes to the high quality of Moroccan suppliers of leather.
What Is Unique About Moroccan Craftmanship?
Morocco has a long history of craftsmanship that finds its routes with the Berber people who still live across the country today.
Making exceptional handicrafts from natural materials is a Berber tradition and has found its way into the fabric of Moroccan society.
Handmade leather bags, carpets, artwork, blankets, jewelry, and clothes are all found on a visit to Morocco. You won’t find monochrome in these traditional handicrafts, the vibrant colors of Moroccan crafts light up souks around the county. It is this vibrance that inspires the tones of the Nasire collection.
Many of the buildings you see in Marrakech also offer endless inspiration for creativity. The color pallets and attention to detail of every building are unique to Morocco. Wandering the streets of any Moroccan town or city is very aesthetically appealing.
How Is A Moroccan Leather Bag Made?
Leather bags for women, tote bags, travel bags all start life in an artisan’s workshop.
Many Moroccan leather bags are still made in small batches by specialist craftspeople. Passed from generation to generation, the knowledge of how to create unique pieces remains alive today.
The hand stitching of individual pieces is an extraordinary skill that takes many years to master. Hand stitching requires precision and often specialist tools which make it a highly skilled job.
How to Style Your Leather Handbag
Clean lines, attention to detail, and long-lasting materials are all integral to Nasire designs. Whether you are looking for something slim and sophisticated or more casual and practical, the design and hand finishes make these pieces stand out.
A leather handbag is a style classic. Unlike many items in our wardrobes, we can wear them every day. If you choose a plain color, it will complement any outfit and instantly give your look a polished finish.
The rule for a leather bag is that there are no rules! Style your bag as you please and be proud of the expertise and knowledge that has gone into creating your piece.
Choose your favorite Moroccan leather bag style here.