Intervention Rationale - Elements of the Design

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The BDSSP, in partnership with the Community Development Association in Suhaj, established the ‘Support Center’ to revive Akhmim’s handmade textiles cluster and improve levels of income of the artisans. Extensive consultations with the
existing artisans, textile buyers and handicraft exporters, influenced the center’s intervention design to meet the following objectives:
‣ Assist the existing businesses and craftsmen to enhance their looming skills and increase their productivity.
‣ Reviving the tradition of quality and artisanship.
‣ Identifying and developing new marketing channels to access better paying markets, to enhance incomes.



Working conditions in terms of the loom design and the physical location in which they were installed hindered creativity and craftsmanship


Trial tests of the new loom design to ensure that the craftsmen are able to work their art more efficiently, creatively, and in ergonomic comfort.

To enhance the looming skills and productivity, the center has identified and recruited some of the top weavers available in Akhmim. Those advisors have developed an approach that would gradually build the skill of the younger generation of weavers. Equally as important, the center has partnered with handicraft experts to develop the existing loom’s design to improve ergonomic aspects and increase the sophistication of the patterns weaved. To revive the product quality, the
center has procured and supplied the weavers with high quality threads that would be used to produce the new trendy designs. To ensure that the materials supplied and the textiles produced were of high quality and meet the specifications of target export markets, a quality control laboratory was established to perform various textiles sampling and testing activities.

The laboratory technicians were trained by leading textiles experts nationwide to ensure consistency and accuracy of the sampling and analysis activities.