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3 May 2014

National Crafts Fair / Salon national de l'artisanat


There is an annual National Crafts Fair currently on in Tunis at the Le Kram Exhibition Centre until the 4th May.  I visited it recently and I was pleasantly surprised not only by the quality of the crafts on show but by the variety.  Here was an opportunity to see the best crafts that Tunisia has to offer all under one roof for the duration of this crafts fair.  

There were demonstrations of village women weaving traditional Mergoum carpets from the city of Kairouan together with a selection of carpets on sale, there were woven mats, baskets and hats made from Halfa grass (Desmostachya bipinnata) from the town of Kasserine, there was hand-made pottery from Sejnane, also pottery items such as tiles, plates, bowls and vases from Nabeul, hand-blown glass products, jewellery, distilled orange and geranium flower water from the regional distilleries as well as other aromatherapy products, hand-made soaps and so on.  

If you have a chance and you are currently in Tunis I would thoroughly recommend that you go to it.  The entrance fee is a bargain at 1 Tunisian Dinar which is equal to  0.44 Euros or 0.62 US Dollars.  


Here are a selection of photographs from some of the stalls, where possible I have included their  business cards ...


Stylish ladies bags made by Hajer Messaoudi under the label Caravan Serail


Stylish ladies bags made by Hajer Messaoudi under the label Caravan Serail




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Woven Halfa grass mats made by local village women from Kasserine


A woven Halfa grass lamp shade made by local village women from Kasserine




Close-up detail from a woven Halfa grass mat made by local village women from Kasserine








Hand-made pottery from Sejnane




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Hand-made pottery from Nabeul





Hand-made pottery from Nabeul



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Different lamps, lamp shades, carpets, pottery, upholstery and furniture under the label Rock the Kasbah











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Beautiful hand-made bags, baskets and clothing under the label Topaze Creations


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