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.
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.
Handicrafts of every country of the world give an overview about the country’s whole history, culture and civilization. These handmade products, also, reflect the influence of Empires through time. Every country remains distinguishable, unique and has its own traits in terms of handicrafts production.
The Alfa / Halfa is a perennial grass, which abounds in north africa, in the regions of high steppes. the Carthaginians introduced them in Andalusia, probably at the origin, for the manufacture of their ropes. In Tunisia, Alfa mainly grows in Kasserine but also in Gafsa, Sidi Bouzid and Kairouan. These grasses grow in clumps not exceeding one meter in height and form large sheets.
Tunisia is second in Africa and 24th worldwide in terms of Organic Farming Areas out of 141 countries
Tunisian organic products were able to secure, with flying colours, recognition on the European Union market, deemed one of the most demanding in the world.
The Berber Feminin domestic weavings are realized by the divers techniques to facilitate their categorization. These techniques are inherited from one generation to another along with its secrets and specificities.The piece shape and its use necessitate some technique.
The weaving techniques are made with a great simplicity and extremely refined. We concluded that the usage of multiple techniques. There are mainly three techniques that are commonly used in the Berber feminin domestic weavings.
The motifs used in the fabrics hold different interpretations. To start with, the patterns used on the Berber tissues are numerous. The decorative patterns vary from one region to another, and from one weaving material to another. Each pattern holds a significance according to the region of the weaving and to the norms and traditions.