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MEET THE MAKER RICH IN HISTORY curator KARINA EASTWAY INTERVIEW WITH ESSIA CHALOUEH PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED by ESSIA CHALOUEH SUPPORTING TUNISAN ARTISANS COUNTRY tunisia 10 S H I B U I MEET THE MAKER

TUNISIAN LOCAL ESSIA CHALOUEH DESIGNS CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE AND HOMEWARES WHICH ARE HANDCRAFTED USING CUMULATED HERITAGE, TRADITIONAL METHODS AND NATURAL MATERIALS. WHERE ARE YOU FROM ORIGINALLY AND WHERE ARE YOU BASED NOW? I’m from Bizerte, a city in North Tunisia, and I’m currently living in Tunis, the capital city. HOW DID YOU COME ACROSS THE AMAZING WORK OF THE TUNISIAN CRAFTSWOMEN? I’ve met the talented craftswomen during my visits to the crafts villages, cities and villages markets and also during trade fairs of artisan creations. Sometimes I find about good craftswomen by word of mouth. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT TUNISIAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS AND CRAFT – THEIR DESIGNS AND HISTORICAL INFLUENCES ETC? The Tunisian cultural tradition is rich with the different civilisations that went through the country as well as the people who have perpetuated its brightness throughout times. Today, the Tunisian heritage has the print of each one of them whether they are Numidians, Romans, Carthaginians or Arab Muslims. Cumulated traditions, manual dexterity and creative intelligence are based on and blended with the handicraft product be it utilitarian or decorative, traditional or modern. It has a strong presence in everyday life. WHAT MATERIALS DO YOUR ARTISANS WORK WITH AND ARE THE DESIGNS TYPICAL TO TUNISIA OR DO THEY HAVE A MODERN TWIST? Generally, my artisans use natural materials from animal fibres such as > CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Tunisian-inspired collection; Essia Chaloueh. Essia Chaloueh S H I B U I 11

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