Local Craftspeople -
The Weavers and Kippot Makers
The two items made by the local craftsmen and craftswomen are Tallitot (for both men and women) and Kippot.
Tallitot could not be made by our beneficiaries from home as a loom requires more space than is available in a one-room house; so we converted a shed and provided looms for several men to work together. The men weave tallitot that we sell through the shop on this website, where we stock many colours and designs . To help a weaver and his family, you can also buy him a loom and cotton for £85, by clicking here.
The weavers at work.
The cotton being prepared for weaving.
Our Fieldworker, Ambanesh, discussing Tallitot orders with one of the weavers.
A Meketa tour of Ethiopia always includes a stop at the Weavers Shed!
There are many members of the community that crochet kippot for Meketa. Meketa gives each person a start up pack of enough wool to make some kippot. When these are sold, the crocheters buy the wool themselves and the design the kippot. Crocheting the kippot is an enjoyable social activity for mothers to do while keeping an eye on their small children, and provides essential income to their families. Recently we supplied 120 matching kippot for a Bar Mitzvah!
Two of the young ladies attend the After School Club, and the third is a member of a sponsored family. They are crocheting kippot for a Bar Mitzvah in the UK.
This lady is a member of one of our sponsored families. She is crocheting for the same Bar Mitzvah. This was a very large order !