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Carpet
Carpet
handicrafts Kairouan is the first center of manufacture while employing more than 23.000 people (especially young women) on a working total of 28.000 in the sector of the craft industry.
The tradition allots to a girl of an Othoman governor of Kairouan the introduction in Tunisia, in 1830, carpet at tied points of Anatolian inspiration. However, the oldest traces of carpet go up in Ve front century J. - C. with the famous Carthaginian tapestries tinted with the murex.

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Ceramics & Poettry
Ceramics and pottery
potery__ceramic02 The art of the pottery and ceramics is thousand-year-old in Tunisia which knows two types of pottery: a pottery turned by the men and another modelled by the women: the latter meets only in rural environment; it is primarily utility. Modelling, the cooking and the decoration of these potteries are remained primitive. The lines, the points, the ciliés features, the teeth of saw, the crosses, the rhombuses are as many reasons which point out tattooings and rural fabrics of wool.

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Leather & Leather Working
Leather and leather working
Leather craftThe formerly flourishing trades of leather, include the art of saddlery and the embroidery on leather, the manufacture of the traditional shoe (balgha) and various other utility purposes in leather working.
The saddlery of pageantry trônait at the top of the trades of leather. The saddle with its varieties of embroidery, constituted the chief of work of the craft industry of leather.

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The Metals
Iron made handicrafts

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Wrought iron

The Tunisian wrought iron is especially inspired by the manufacture of Moroccan and Spanish wrought iron (Andalusians). The various reasons which decorate grids, doors, windows, transoms of Souks, and brackets, are of Arab, Spanish and Portuguese inspiration. 

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Various Trades
Various trades

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  Tunisia has the richest collection of ancient mosaics of the world. It is at the time Roman and especially starting from IIème century that this art developed so much so that one can speak about a true African school, marked by a great control of the illustrated representation and a pallet as rich as refined.

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Jewels & Silverware
Jewels and silverware
jewelery04The history of the Tunisian jewelry goes back to the paddle of the punic era from which it borrows several signs symbols and forms which are found today still in the current jewels.jewelery01
This secular craft industry was enriched by various contributions Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, Turkish and Andalusian who modelled in various materials the ornament of the woman of their time.
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Puffed up Glass
Puffed up glass
Puffed glass Glass is a very old practice deeply anchored in the cultural history of our country. The Punic ones inherited this practice their ancestors Phéniciens, to adapt it and develop it in Carthage and Kerkouane.
After the decline of the Roman Empire, the Tunisian glass-makers continued to produce glass with the traditional way of blowing to the free air or in a mould.
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Traditional Costumes
Traditional costume
traditional_clothesSo today, Tunisian gets dressed and relative in the same way, it was different at the beginning of the century, where each area, if not each village had its male and female costumes.
The female traditional costume is characterized by its variety from one area to another. However the essential part which constitutes it is the bent “cut” tunic.
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Wood
Wood
olive_woodIn producing spite of the scarcity of the forests of wood, the work of wood is strongly enraciné in the craft industry; the Tunisian inheritance conceals famous masterpieces carried out in various gasolines of this material illustrating various techniques.
The scarcity of wood allowed the development of major arts related to this noble material: sculpture, openwork and painting.
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