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Tunisian Handicraft Diversity

 

The sector of handicrafts has experienced a somewhat turbulent development. From a situation of ignorance in the past, crafts today play an important role in the economic and social development of many countries, including Tunisia. There are about a hundred different artisanal trades that provide a living for over a million people. 

It is clear that crafts occupy an important economic and cultural place in the North African country. Some of the best-known trades are textile weaving, leather, wood, pottery and ceramics. Qartaj started in 2015 and continues to be an international platform for the export and business of the finest Tunisian handmade products. We have chosen to specialise in traditionally handmade rugs, olive wood products, ceramics, textile weaving and halfa grass products.

 

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  • Discover the Craft - The Best Fouta Towels Explained
    Discover the Craft - The Best Fouta Towels Explained

    Tunisian Fouta is part of the traditional clothing women wear in parts of North Africa. It is a piece of fine cloth that is either put on your back, or attached to your belt to form a skirt or apron. This fabric is typical of the Maghreb culture.

    The fouta has gone through the ages combining tradition and modernity, functionality and comfort, aesthetics and softness, to today translate itself as the expression of well-being. Whether woven flat, honeycomb, chevron, or jacquard, its 100% cotton fabric is both light and soft.

    Weaving techniques

    This beautiful fabric is at the origin of bath towels, the ancestor of the terry towel. They were already used in ancient public baths, spas and hammams, Middle Eastern and Northern African

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  • Discovering the Craft - The Birdcage Of Sidi Bou Saïd
    Discovering the Craft - The Birdcage Of Sidi Bou Saïd

     

     

    The birdcage of Sidi Bou Saïd is the emblem of the phenomenal village next to the capital Tunis. It has an incomparable design that all Tunisians know and which has somewhat become the flagship symbol of the craftsmanship in the country. The history of the cage goes all the way back to 1850, when it was first designed by metal forger Said Samouda in the old Medina of Tunis. 

    For four generations, the craft of the birdcage stayed in the Samouda family. After Said, it was his son and his grandson who continued making the now world famous cages. One of the sons of Samouda moved the workshop to the mythical white and blue village of Sidi Bou Said. The family meticulously made only a few cages a week. When tourism to Tunisia started booming, and every tourist wanted their own cage, production had to be increased. In the ‘80s, the birdcages were exported to over 30 countries. Wi

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