Sixth edition of Carpet and Traditional Weaving Fair opens at El Kram
15/12/2017 20:05, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - "Traditional carpets and weaving grew by 120% between 2016 and 2017, reflecting the dynamic that characterises this sector employing nearly 102 thousand artisans, or 63% of all craftspeople, Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, Selma Elloumi said at the inauguration of the 6th edition of the Carpet and Traditional Weaving Fair at El Kram Exhibition Centre.

 The minister also stated that "the number of artisans participating in this Fair, which runs until December 24, 2017, has increased from 60 exhibitors in 2016 to 80 in 2017, in addition to 50 artisans from 14 interior regions, invited free of charge by the National Craft Office.”

She also recalled that "a national programme to promote and modernise the handicraft sector, all specialties combined in the 24 governorates is engaged by the Ministry and will spread over 5 years, with a global budget of 50 million dinars.

 Several spaces have been developed as part of the carpet and traditional weaving fair, namely the commercial space gathering the 80 exhibitors, the space devoted to interior regions (50 exhibitors), the space of young entrepreneurs (5 entrepreneurs ), the innovation space reserved for the creations of 10 artists-craftspeople, the space of the trades and the space Inspiration reserved for the creations of the master weaver, Hmida Wahada, native from the governorate of Gafsa, to which this session of the Fair is dedicated.

Another space is dedicated to development projects in the field of handicrafts, including the project of "rehabilitation of trades of traditional craftsmanship in the regions of South, Central and North-West of Tunisia", fruit of a partnership between the GIZ, the Souk At-tanmia programme for the promotion of entrepreneurial culture, initiated by the AfDB and the Graduate School of Design Science and Technology.

This project has trained 6 young designers and helped 40 artisans including 34 women from several regions of Tunisia.

A graduation ceremony for the beneficiaries of the project took place on Friday afternoon at the Kram fair, marking the closing of the project, in addition to an exhibition of 70 different products - carpets, furniture, traditional clothes - designed by the beneficiaries of this project.

In the halls of the commercial spaces of the Fair, exhibitors offer a wide range of products rich in colors: carpets, mergoum, klim, handmade textile...

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