Awateef is a
collaborative project between Knockoutdesign designers and
Palestinian craftswomen of Kfar Manda village in Galilee. The
designed series of objects gives a new interpretation of the meeting
between the high precision industrial technology and the impeccable
beauty and charm of the handcraft
Kfar Manda is a village
with one of the highest percentage of unemployment in Israel,
especially among women, thus Sindyanna HaGalil (www.sindyanna.com) a
Jewish – Arab non-profit organization, led by women striving for
social change, opened there a weaving center to revive the
traditional craft of rattan weaving and give working opportunities to
the local women.
Women at Sindyanna weave traditional objects baskets
according to local tradition; it is not simple to market these
baskets outside of Israel due to the competition of very inexpensive
baskets that are woven in the Far East and Africa.
Awateef (Arabic female name means
- Awateef Musa, was our weaving teacher in Kfar Manda and mostly with
her we developed the series of products that is called to honour her
impact, excitement, passion and patience.