Life at the markets of Taroudant
We discover two major souks in the Taroudant medina:
The Jnan Ejjamaa Municipal Market opens from Talmoklate Square. Covered with corrugated sheets, there is a lot of activity, especially in the large central aisle where successively bazaars, drugstores, carpentry and children’s clothing gather.
Subsequently, other stalls offer handicrafts in terracotta, Berber jewellery and the famous leather “Taroudant sandals”.
In a labyrinth of covered alleys, the craftsmen and antiques dealers of the souk offer a wide variety of local handicrafts: Berber carpets, tanned sheepskins, copper, and decorative objects in limestone typical of the region. Decorated with a punch or polished, called “Pierre de Taroudant”.
At the heart of this complex is the jewelers’ souk, where some shops offer jewellery made of gold or silver, some of which are sold at a fixed price, others often simpler by weight.
Outside the ramparts of Taroudant is held every Monday a huge souk. Animals, mostly goats and sheep, are traded on the outskirts of its enclosure next to some itinerant merchants.
Inside, the enclosure is divided into two parts. In the first one we find some animals in a huge median and some stalls selling drugstore and various utensils. Around the cafés-restaurants under tents allow to eat in the heart of the souk.
The second part is reserved for fruit and vegetables. Mountains of carrots, tomatoes, onions, oranges… in bright colors are exposed to the barge for a reasonable price.
Tannery is the first operation in the treatment of leather before shaping it to produce an article (bags, poufs, slippers, sandals…).
In addition to the sheep and goat skins commonly treated here, the skins of rare animals such as foxes and camels are also processed. About forty tanners are active in concrete tanks of the tannery.
Some shops offer local products such as leather bags, poufs or Taroudant sandals. Some skins can be coloured bright green, yellow or pink, giving them a certain kitch feel.