Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bedouin designs 2: The story of Nawf

In classical Arabic, nawf means exalted. In Bedouin folk culture, it is a name given to a woman of sacred beauty. Nawf is the name of the brand of hand-made quilted cushions produced by the bedouin women of the Abu Eid tribe, in the Northern Bekaa. I have posted about the cushions before, and now the designs and the quality control have been improved. The cushions are 40cmx40cm, made from high quality pure egyptian cotton and they are for sale at $20 per piece. The women who make them have created a small microfinance fund into which all profts are channeled and which serves as a pool of small loans for their individual projects of for emergency expenses.

There is no local retailer yet (they are looking for one who will give them good terms), and I will be taking some to Paris and New York soon, avis aux interesses !

Contact me on the blog if you want some. Hurry, they are going fast: they look much better than the pictures.























5 comments:

troro - the artists behind said...

Lucky bedouins, having you on their side. Good luck...

troro - the artists behind said...

Lucky bedouins, having you on their side. Good luck...

bodyontheline said...

amazing. biddi biddi! can you get me some and also ask them to make me a queen-size bed covering for september???

amy-louise said...

Rami,

How do I get i touch with you? I am s small farmer in the U.S., Massachusetts, with some experience of the Middle East and the Palestinians.

Regards,

Mike

Rami Zurayk said...

Mike you can email me: ramizurayk@gmail.com