Wool rugs woven in Bedouin tradition

Origin part II: Balance consists of 7 wool area rugs, which are the result of a collaboration between Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto of BCXSY and Lakiya Negev Weaving – an organization of Bedouin artisans, initiated by SIDREH, a non-profit organization focused on improving the socioeconomic situation of Bedouin women living in Israel’s Negav Desert.

wool of local desert sheep

Each rug is hand woven on traditional ground looms using the wool of local desert sheep. From the dying of the yarn to the weaving and final construction, each rug is the result of the collaborative efforts of many of the women in Lakiya.

Wooven wool rug

Through a craft that is central to Bedouin social and cultural heritage, the weavers are able to produce an extremely high-quality, durable and beautiful material.

Image form Lakiya Weaving

By creating a culturally acceptable employment opportunity for women, Lakiya Weaving produces short-term and long-term benefits to the Arab Bedouin community. The project remains the only possible employment for many isolated women who have suffered from the impacts of social upheaval.

Wool rug from Bedouin women

SIDREH’s focus is to empower, represent, and improve the socioeconomic situation of these Bedouin women, women who exist in a constant state of inequality, of imbalance.

The making of wool rugs

A wool rug designed by n Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto

Beduin handicraft

Wool rug by Bedouin artisans

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    Apr 17, 2011

    I always find ıt facsinating that many of the highest quality textiles in the world are made by women coming from a similar, semi-nomadic tradition. These Bedioun rugs are very beautiful, full of rustic charm!

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    Beautiful rugs made by people who do not even have the freedom on their own land to graze their goats – a very good cause….

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