Artisan villages: Nurseries and creation spaces
Since 2002, the National Handicrafts Office (NAO) has established a program for the creation of craft villages. This decision is an important milestone towards the development of the sector.
The objectives of these villages are numerous: job opportunities for young entrepreneurs, rapprochement between artisans and users, creation of crafts souks, strengthening the training and retraining of young people, a space suitable for emulation and competition among artisans, boosting the creativity of artisans, preserving the sustainability of certain declining craft trades, creating a tourist entertainment space to publicize the production techniques and traditions of the region.
The strategic study for the development of handicrafts for 2016 underlines the importance of the creation of such villages in all regions of the country. These craft spaces are distributed throughout the country. They house furnished premises suited to the exercise of productive activities in the field of handicrafts and small trades.
To this end, the National Handicrafts Office has implemented so far 6 villages (Nabeul, Kairouan, Den Den, Kef, Beja and Tataouine. The first two craft villages of Nabeul and Kairouan, having been established since 1990.
In these spaces, NHO gives priority to endangered crafts and promising craft activities, especially in terms of export. At the same time, graduates of higher education are encouraged, as part of a guideline designed to enhance the local craft heritage to become established in these places.
In addition, these craft villages have become a great showcase highlighting craft specificities of each region.
The undeniable success of these specialized areas encourages the Department of Trade and Handicrafts on extending the network of villages.
Also, it is used to develop formulas and appropriate incentives to attract private investors and encourage them to promote spaces like the Ken space in Bouficha.
The craft village Of Den den
Open to Public In 2004, the pilot village is composed of fifty-three space, forty-three of which are used in the production and trade of handicrafts.
It is located at the heart of the space that houses the headquarters of the NHO and the design sciences and technologies school. This position makes it an incubator of craft enterprises. This complex with multiple functions is the House of craftsmanship that is a framework of meetings, exhibitions and various events and a training, production and marketing space.
The craft village of Kef
Established in 2006, the realization of this village solves for the artisans, the problem of lack of space. The village became a tourist area.
It makes know the heritage of the region in the field of crafts and ensures the continuity of certain endangered activities. It contributes to the promotion of employment and export. Several professions therein exercised: Weaving, haïk weaving, rugs, klim, kachabbya, silk painting, embroidery, patchwork, straw, pottery, sculpture in wood and marble, wrought iron ...
The craft space Barrouta in Kairouan
Covering an area of 670 m2, the artisan’s village Barrouta is situated inside the medina of Kairouan. It features eighteen workshops dedicated to embroidery with different specialties - wire, sequins, bullion, manual knitting and painting.
The village is located in an old building which has been restored by the Protection of the medina Association in 1990.
The craft village Of Beja
Established in 2009 to preserve the craft heritage of the region. Several spaces are reserved for artisans, including university graduates, distinguished by the high quality of their products and their contribution to the rehabilitation of certain declining craft professions.
To reconcile the supply of artisans and better organize the distribution, a space is assigned for the supply and distribution group.
Another space is intended for technical supervision and quality control, with the aim of informing artisans and to ensure the quality control of carpets and Mergoum.
In a first step, specialized artisans including embroidery, weaving, tapestry, Mergoum, painting on silk and glass and ironwork are installed in the village.
They receive financial incentives under the Promotion of projects creation in the field of handicrafts and technical supervision from Skills management under the National Handicrafts Office.
Traditions and crafts Centre of Nabeul
Opened in August 1990, the Centre traditions and crafts of Nabeul has 22 artisans in various specialties such as ceramics, hammered copper, wrought iron, rattan, streetlights, stone carving, the neroli distillery, decoration, glass painting, engraving on copper ...
This village has been enriched with a craft gallery in November 1998.
The craft village of Sejnene
Berber pottery, a development tool.
This region is characterized by a type of pottery: modeled Berber pottery.
Aimed initially to consumption, the original product was introduced to the market where it won the favor local objects amateurs. Thus, production can switch, from family stage to that of scale units able of to respond to market demands.
Essentially rural and landlocked, the area does not lack assets: it is the link between the Northeast and the Northwest, pleasant climate conducive to the development of cultural, ecological and seaside tourism and above all, the so original Berber pottery.
Several stakeholders are contributing to the consolidation and success of the project: NHO, Department of Women and Family Affairs, the Tunisian-Japanese Friendship Association ... The cost of the project is 585,000 dinars.