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Algerian handcrafts

I like Algerian handcrafts a lot and always have. When I was young I just liked the hand embroidery then after I moved to another country, I started to admire other cultures and looked at handcrafts more carefully.

The women keep traditional, hand embroidered dresses and wear it especially in celebrations and occasions, such as marriages and birthdays.

The style and design of the clothes is different in each region. One area in the East use a lot of rag rack lace and wear lots of silver jewellery. In the South they do weaving, especially rugs, which are called zarbia and made of natural wool. They also make cushions, wall hangings and sofa covers.

Because Algeria is famous for palm trees and dates, they have weaving baskets in different shapes.

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