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Tamgounssi Weaving Centre
The Eve Branson Foundation operates three craft centres in the valley surrounding Asni in the High Atlas Mountains. Each centre focuses on teaching a different traditional artisan skill including weaving, woodworking, tailoring and embroidery. The centres provide young people from the local community with the training, tools and space to learn and share new skills.
Tamgounssi Weaving Centre launched in October 2016 and provides specialised textiles training in fabric-weaving and finishing techniques, as well as running an embroidery programme. More than 50 local women attend the centre daily to learn the art of hand embroidery. Their progress is recorded in their own work books which show the intricacy of the skills being taught. Six of the girls are being trained on foot-operated looms, where training can take up to 18 months. The resulting products are high quality, soft, woven fabrics, such as linen throws, scarves and carpet runners, appealing to the contemporary design market.
Buy a gift
If you’re a guest at Kasbah Tamadot or just visiting the area you can purchase products made at our craft centres directly from the Eve Branson Foundation Shop – a wonderful boutique selling our traditional artisan items. You can also find out more about purchasing products from the craft centres online.
If you are planning a trip to Morocco and would like us to arrange a personalised tour of our projects and meet the artisans you can book an excursion here.
Meet the artisans
Many people in Morocco’s rural Atlas Mountains drop out of education at a young age. In our craft centres, we provide the opportunity to learn artisanal skills that can lead to a future income for individuals and their families. Meet our artisans.