Monday, 19 May 2014

The Old Town Tanneries

The Old Town Tanneries in Kuşadası has recently been restored by the Doubletree, Hilton Hotel and has given these historical buildings a new lease of life.  They are now being used to house various tourist attractions.

The tanneries were an important commercial area during the Ottoman Empire, processing the animal skins into workable leather.   These tanneries were still in use until 1968.

Here you can see one of the drums where the skins were placed in the drum with lime and water and then rotated to wash the skins.

Here you can see the propeller type piece which would be inside the drum above to aid in the turning of the skins, water and lime.

A general purpose cart, which has been colourfully decorated.

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