Handmade fabric dolls at the Jordan River Foundation, Bani Hamida Mountain, Jordan.
A weaver puts finishing touches on a rust-coloured rug featuring numerous patterns.
Last December my daughter Jordana and I made an impromptu visit to the Jordan River Foundation. The women were kind enough to give us tea, as well as allow us access to their showroom and their work area. Of course, a couple of beautiful handmade rugs came home with us!The Bani Hamida Women's Weaving Project has revived traditional Bedouin rug weaving in the Makawir community, with older women teaching rug-weaving techniques to younger generations. The effort was initiated in 1985 by Save the Children Federation. In 1998, the project was absorbed into the Jordan River Foundation. Women in several villages now help maintain the Jordanian rug-weaving tradition.
With hand-made looms and wooden spindles, the women create flat weave designs in pure wool. The colours and patterns result in stylish looks that blend beautifully with modern design, while remaining true to Jordan’s traditional rug-making techniques.
To date, the Bani Hamida Women's Weaving Project has utilised the skills of nearly 2000 Jordanian women, including spinners, weavers and dyers. These talented women produce unique, artistic designs renowned around the world.
Close-up detail of the rug panels.
Stacks of handmade rugs.
Trimming fringe on a small rug.
A container of rugs and wall-hangings.
A decorative wall-hanging.
Aqua, rust and cream patterns.
Rusts, yellows, blues and greens in these rugs and wall-hangings.
Strong primary colours are dominant in these rugs and wall-hangings adorned by thick yarn tassels.