Awateef - in colaboration with women from Kfar Manda in Galilee

Project participants
Awateef (Arabic female name means feelings) - Awateef Musa, was our weaving teacher in Kfar Manda and mostly with her we developed the series of products that is called to honour her impact, excitement, passion and patience.
Kfar Manda Weaving Center – center founded by Sindyanna of Galilee is a women-led non-profit organization that operates in the Arab population of northern Israel and in the Palestinian Occupied Territories to improve the situation of Arab women and Arab farmers.
The name Sindyanna of Galilee refers to the Palestine Oak (Quercus calliprinos). These trees are known for their long lives, and if nothing damages them they grow to enormous dimensions.

When local craft meets technology and design to serve the community
"Awateef" is a collaborative project between us - Knockoutdesign designers and Palestinian craftswomen of Kfar Manda village in Galilee. The designed series of objects gives a new interpretation of the meeting between the high precision industrial technology and the impeccable beauty and charm of the handcraft.
Kfar Manda is a village with one of the highest percentage of unemployment in Israel, especially among women, thus Sindyanna HaGalil (
www.sindyanna.com) a Jewish – Arab non-profit organization, led by women striving for social change, opened there a weaving center to revive the traditional craft of rattan weaving and give working opportunities to the local women. Women at Sindyanna weave traditional objects baskets according to local tradition; it is not simple to market these baskets outside of Israel due to the competition of very inexpensive baskets that are woven in the Far East and Africa.

Project objectives
In the development process, we analyzed the problems within the traditional weaving. First, weaving of the basket base takes 1/3 of the time need to weave the whole object. Meeting point between the object and the ground is not precise. Secondly, the function of weaved objects – basket’s cover doesn’t work properly and is not precise. There are no sizes and the process is not fully repetitive.
Forms are not fully controlled. All these factors leave the traditional objects in the niche of craft and less product. This analysis enabled creation of rules for the overall design. The main goals of the project were to create a wide range of products that could compete on the international market and that would appeal to wider customer group at the “high end” in the same time giving the employment opportunities to the Palestinian craftswomen community and to expose their craft to the wider public.

We would like to express our gratitude to all women from Kfar Manda Weaving Center and to workers of Sindyanna of Galilee. Especially to: Awateef Musa, Hasna Halleyla, Wahiba Hujirat, Osnat Shperling.

Products are available on sale upon request at studio@knockoutdesign.eu