In response to the poverty and joblessness among Deaf people in Kenya, an organization called the D.O.O.R. International (Deaf Opportunity OutReach), took the initiative and founded Sasa Designs by the Deaf. This social enterprise has paved a new way to provide dignified and empowered work opportunities to Deaf women who can now earn a solid income and celebrate their potential through the production of handcrafted jewelry. Their new spring line is gorgeous, inspired by Kenya’s land and people, and utilizes glass, brass, bone, and leather to create a versatile collection.
To be invited to travel to Marrakesh is to be invited to a paradise of creativity.
Your eyes and feet wander; your senses are challenged with a variety of palettes consisting of colors, smells, sounds and sights. You either want to experience it all, or run out and relax in one of its luxury resorts far from the buzz and heat of the city. It is in the heart of the medina and the souks where you’ll find the most inspiring craftspeople.
Fez is majestic, mysterious and mystical. This medieval city has a way of sweeping you back in time; it captivates, whether you are walking in the buzzing medina or exploring the myriad of remarkable craft traditions. The Bouzoubaa family has lived in Fez for generations and is proud to be from a metropolis where artisans are well respected and supported. Their passion for traditional carpet making inspired them to found their reputable company, Tapis Bouzoubaa, which offers a gorgeous collection of traditional and contemporary Moroccan rug designs.
Mushmina’s style is bohemian, colorful, and quirky. Their new collection of
Moroccan boucherouite “rag rugs” perfectly complements their line of home decor, as each piece is whimsical in form and encompasses vibrant patterns and ribbon-like juxtapositions. Co-founder Heather O’Neill explains, “I was drawn to these free-form carpets which are made from leftover scraps of fabric and are part of a long tradition which had its roots in the rural region of Boujad. The ladies of Boujad are now using our fabric remnants as a way to create new patterns and unique motifs.”
The next generation of craft is linking tradition with art and design. Why is it that men are always seeking something new? Why can’t we keep things as they are? Animals do the same thing over and over again, but as humans we need renewal. This inner need gets us out of our bed in the morning, or even in the middle of the night. It takes us to new places, we move forward. It is the basis for evolution; it creates awareness.