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Craft Village Project in Tozeur

18-05-2015

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This project aims at preserving the authenticity and adhering to the identity without neglecting the present and its requirements. It is for this reason that this project has given priority to raising the slogan "We smell the fragrance of the past with the aroma of today" as the project is a Model Craft Village which includes all the facilities that are needed by the visitor.
It is an appropriate space at a high degree of accuracy in a design that preserves the identity of the place and the privacy of history. The village is also a clear indication about the keenness of RAF in preserving the traditional industries which are threatened today by extinction and loss, and investing the heritage of the ancestors in our present in a contemporary civilized manner that suits our present and gives it the fragrance of our past.
 
• The craft village utilizes the potential of professionals in elegant traditional industries in order to preserve an authentic heritage that is susceptible for development through efficiency and innovation.

The Craft Village undertakes to provide these potentials with craft assets and to nourish their ideas so that these assets will gradually turn into training centers, and to refine the talents in addition to their industrial and cultural activities.

• This village extends over an area of 4,300 square meters and it includes a number of productivity workshops equipped with all the necessary equipment and with a major hall for display. This makes this village an appropriate space for competition among craftsmen and to raise the spirit of innovation and preserve the continuity of some endangered traditional industries.

• The number of craft workshops which will be activated is about 20 workshop with a capacity of employing about 200 craftsmen. Among the most important specialties in the village workshops are carpentering palm wood, fabric and several other specialties along with "Adapting  pottery and porcelain"; "weaving carpets and wall textile"; "silverware and copper manufacturing"; “traditional robe manufacturing"; “traditional sewing and hand embroidery."

Project Objectives

Our objectives from this project are many and can be summarized in the following points:
• Creating job opportunities for young unemployed craftsmen, and thus contributing to the reduction of the phenomenon of displacement.
• Promoting formation and re-training craftsmen inside these spaces and improving their capacity for production with contemporary models that suit today's markets.
• Facilitating the process of providing raw material for craftsmen and promoting their products.
• Encouraging investment in traditional industries sector and assess the value of craft activity in other areas.
• Gathering the craftsmen in the region and urging them to open up to a competitive environment among themselves so that they would improve the sector.
• Assessing the value raw materials in local natural resources.
• Opening new horizons for export by the use of e-commerce.
• Activating tourism and working to attract tourists internally or externally.
 
Components of the Project
For a visitor to feel relaxed in the craft village and achieve all his wishes in entertainment and in gaining knowledge, we decided that the project consists of:
• 20 craft stores
• Multidisciplinary hall for display
• Administration to listen to the questions of newcomers.
• A hall for formation and re-training.
• Reception and guidance for visitors.
• A juice stall and restaurant that specialize in popular dishes
• A library in order to gain knowledge and achieve intellectual aims.
• Overnight shelter.
• An open space for entertainment.
• Museum.
• Prayer room

Project Cost:
• QR 4,447,000
• US $ 1,250,000
• TND 2.250.000 (Tunisian Dinars)