The Women of Lakiya
In the village of Lakiya, in the Negev region of southern Israel, women from more than thirty families continue the traditional art and craft of sheep herding, spinning, washing, dyeing and weaving top quality sheep's wool into carpets and runners that will last for generations. Through cooperative enterprise they market and sell their products. Now, for the first time, these are available in the United States.
Lakiya Negev Weaving
Lakiya Negev Weaving intends to bring about social change by building a foundation for local economic development. As a vehicle of empowerment it channels traditional skills into a profitable cottage industry for long term sustainability restoring women’s contribution to their family’s earning power. While educating participants with the tools of earning an income in modern society, the project at the same time revitalizes and preserves a craft which is central to Bedouin heritage.