Al-Mkawer Weaving

Madaba

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Twelve tribal members began a weaving initiative in 1985, and since then, Bani Hamida has gained notoriety for creating woven products in culturally customary vivid colors. The weaving is done on traditional ground looms, which are formed out of stones and sticks.

In Jordan, as well as the rest of the Middle East and Arab lands, wool weaving is a vital part of the ancient Bedouin legacy. Rugs, cushions, furnishings for the bedroom, luggage, belts, but also the "hair home" (Ar. beit es-shar), as well as bridles, ropes, and saddle wraps for camels, horses, and donkeys... Thus, a variety of components of daily Bedouin life are dependent on the weaving industry.

At Bani Hamidah guesthouse, you will have the opportunity to learn Noll weaving, explore culture and history, in addition to having a traditional meal cooked by your local host.

The guesthouse also offers accommodation facilities that can accommodate up to 5 people.


Duration
2-3 Hours
Group Size
1-20
Family Friendly
Yes
Grade
Easy

Hosted by

Halima Al Ga'aydeh

Halima Al Ga'aydeh, a mother of 4, operates a guesthouse to provide a true local experience for tourists and support her children's higher education. She works with local wool to create various traditional products, a skill passed down to her from previous generations of local women. Having been in the industry since 1985, Halima recognizes the potential for local wool and aspires to empower and teach local women about this traditional craft. She hopes that when her children take over the business, they will carry on these traditions and provide job opportunities for the local community. Despite societal norms and the impact of COVID-19, Halima persists in her business and continues to strive for success.