Founded in 1991, the Lakiya Negev Weaving Initiative empowers Bedouin women of the Negev on personal and economic levels by applying their specialized weaving skills to produce unique woven products for local and international markets.

The Bedouin weavers use the traditional, homemade ground looms of their culture to craft the distinctive products. They use the pure wool of Awasi sheep, sheared by local Bedouin shepherds, and spin it into thread. These authentic artisan products are renowned both for their beauty and durability. This tradition is a strong part of communal life, and it has strong roots in the unique Bedouin cultural-heritage.

The Lakiya Weaving Initiative is Sidreh’s flagship project, and a successfully locally based social enterprise managed by Bedouin women – so we are truly part of the community we serve.