|Discovering hands-on traditional Tunisian crafts can be an original and great vacation idea. For couples, individuals or for the whole family, here is a list of the crafts tourists can learn during their holiday in Tunisia :
Traditional pottery making
This ancient Tunisian art dates back to Egyptian times. Whether visitors want to try their hand at decorative or functional pottery, artists will guide you in their traditional workshops. First you will create your pottery under the instructions of the master potter. Once completed, a master decorator will show you the decorative skills. Visitors young and old, kids and families will enjoy this unique vacation idea as a welcome break from their touristic duties of site seeing and holiday tour.
Visiting and organization:
Batouta Voyages will organize all matters of transportation and arrangements to visit the 2 main Pottery makers in Tunisia. To the east of Tunis in the city of Nabeul lies the first Pottery craft workshop. The second is located in the southern island of Djerba (guellela). Of course our guide will be on hand to take you to all these exotic places and facilitate communication between visitors and craftsmiths.
This traditional craft dates back before the 5h century, when carpets were already praised by the Greeks. The knot used for weaving is called the “ghorza” and anywhere between 40,000 and 250,000 Ghorzas are used for every square meter of carpet.
There are many varieties of carpet styles and weaving techniques. Trying your hand at weaving would make for an original vacation idea. The most famous style of this Tunisian craft include, the Kairouanais from the city of Kairouan and the “Margoum” or”Klim”.
Location and organization:
Batouta Voyages will organize all your travel needs as well as provide you a guide for your Tunisian craft experience and workshops visits. This craft is suitable for visitors of all ages making Tunsian carpet weaving an original personal or family vacation idea.
Olive Oil traditional factory visits and tours
Olive oil is at the base of Tunisian culture. We suggest a unique travel experience by visiting one of the many traditional olive oil factories. The visit will last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Visitors will see the 4 key stages of olive oil production that include crushing, pressing, decantation and filtration. This is a unique vacation idea for families wishing to discover the production of one of Tunisia’s finest culinary products.
Learn the art of Mosaics
One of the most exceptional crafts in Tunisia is its traditional Mosaic. Don’t just read about it in a travel guide, experience the real thing. Dating back to the 5th century B.C. some of the most beautiful and largest collections of Roman Mosaics are found in Tunisia and featured in museums all over the world.
Batouta Voyages will organize everything from transportation, food and guides to go to the heart of Mosaic country in the city of El Jem. In El Jem you can discover the third amphitheatre of the Roman Empire where the Gladiators once fought. The Mosaic tour and craft is suitable for couples, families and small groups. The guided tour lasts about half a day.
Orange Flower essence – The art of Zhar
Orange flower essence is a precious liquid distilled from orange tree flowers. Over 102,000 trees grow in the north of Tunisia in the region of the Cap Bon.
There is no more authentic vacation idea but to spend half a day with and Orange Flower craftsman family. You would be welcomed into their home as they would guide you in the process of fabrication of the “Zhar” essence, known for its unique taste, smell and medicinal purposes, as well as being used in recipes and in the perfume industry.
The delicate art of glass blowing is in itself a must see. You don’t get to see such an interesting activity every day, and it is really interesting to see how everyday life objects like the glasses we drink in are made. You can be introduced to this fine art by visiting one of the numerous places where art glass is produced. After seeing how basic sand comes to life and is turned into splendid decorative objects, you will see an exhibition of glassware and possibly be tempted by one or more articles.