Crafts in Tunisia
Handicrafts is one of the most dynamic sectors of the Tunisian economy and one of the oldest professional activities and more evenly distributed across the country.
Cumulated Traditions, manual dexterity and creative intelligence merge and flow into the product of craftsmanship. Impregnated with cultural values and civilizational additions, Handcrafted Product whether decorative or utilitarian, traditional or modern, has a notable presence in everyday life.
Materials, techniques and forms of the product of craftsmanship have always been reviewed and updated by creative artisans, allowing it to preserve the place that was its own in interior architecture, decoration, domestic furnishings, as well as in the field of dress accessories.
The Tunisian handicrafts offer a range of trades divided into sectors. Animal or plant fibers, wood, metal, glass, clay or stone, the product of craftsmanship has always adapted to the motivations and cultural and everyday needs that define its real function and its true value.
The multiplicity and importance of human needs justify the diversity and abundance of craft products available in the souks consisting of "hanuts" all identical and stalls arranged in the same way. The Tunisian souks of cities and villages are known worldwide for their feverishness, their atmosphere and animation that have always prevailed. Today, again, one that traverses the souks through the streets of the Tunisian medinas feels the desire to enter a fantasy world and dream, known throughout reviews for its sounds, smells and colors, and being the conjunction of past, present and future.
The Tunisian handicrafts and has found its way between tradition and modernity under the influence of the action of the State which has preserved, renovated and developed a creative crafts.
The handicrafts sector provides 300,000 direct jobs and contributes to 4% of the GDP and the annual export value has reached 380 million dinars.
Decree n ° 2005-3078 of November 29 2005 establishing the list of activities of small trades and crafts.