The value handicrafts exports, in the Monastir region, exceeded 8 million dinars (MDT) in 2018, including 4 MDT generated exclusively by the Tunisian fouta, which achieves a remarkable breakthrough
During the Kram Exhibition Fair, we met Madam Naima, an artisan from el Kef region,( Northwest of Tunisia) who is collaborating with Qartaj and we had an interview with her:
The crafts creation fair will open its doors today 22nd of March till the end of the month at the Kram Exhibition Center. The first day is devoted to professional visitors and buyers. Starting from the 23th, the fair will open doors to the public. It is a perfect opportunity for artisans to position and sell their handmade products and for visitors, especially Tunisians as they will celebrate their cultural roots and honor the handicrafts production.
They are artisans and they are proud to be, their unique ambition is to preserve this precious know-how in order to retain the handicrafts production and transmit this knowledge to the coming generations. The Tunisian handicrafts is far from being a small industry, but more than that, it’s an integral part of a know-how and a tradition of the country.
The know-how of the Halfa empowers the economic situation of the country because we are hiring many people in this sector. We must sensitize Tunisians about the immeasurable value of our heritage and craftsmanship which is trying to flourish. Tunisians must be the first to appreciate and consume these products. This will help us to evolve and continue to transmit this knowledge to the new generations whom in times of socio-economic crisis tend to get lost.
The 16th of March remains a distinguishable day in which Tunisians celebrate their cultural roots, honor the traditional outfit and emphasize the fact that the signiﬁcant unique cultural heritage is retained through the handicrafts production.
Tunisia is one of the biggest olive-growing countries of the southern Mediterranean region; over 30% of its cultivated land is dedicated to olive growing (1.68 million ha).
2018 was a turning point in the artisanal field in Tunisia. Many young business founders are distinguished by their know-how, the quality of their products but especially by the authenticity of their brands. They ensured that our precious heritage be preserved but, at the same time, they were open to a touch of exceptional modernity.
Qartaj is an online B2B marketplace of Tunisian handicrafts founded by Mr Moncef Ben Rejeb in 2015. Here, you can find ecological handmade products by Tunisian Artisans. We are supplying a quite variety of products starting from necessary home items like ceramic bowls, mugs, plates, wooden products including bowls, cutting boards, spoons, forks, spatulas and agroalimentary products.
Handicrafts give an overview about the cultural heritage of a specific region in a specific time and are defined as products made with the use of hands or feet (no exterior tools).This handmade production witnessed a development starting from the Industrial Revolution when new manufacturing processes have been introduced. This article will investigate on the changes that occurred at the level of handicrafts production before and after the Industrial Revolution.