Lakiya Negev Weaving, “Sidreh”: This project, in the Negev area of Israel, was established in 1991 as an income generating project for Bedouin women. Working in homesteads near the village of Lakiya more than 38 (formerly 150) craftswomen continue centuries of tradition, passed from mother to daughter, by herding, spinning, dyeing and weaving pure Awassi sheep wool.
Using drop spindles and ground looms they produce quality items which are durable, dye fast and mothproof. Lakiya is now a part of the work done by Al Sidreh, which has adult literacy and other programmes empowering women in the Bedouin community, particularly those in unrecognized villages.
We last visited Lakiya in 2016 and had lunch at the desert home of a woman participating in the income generating program. Hadeel normally stocks small rugs and cushions, but can order larger items for customers.