Egypt, Takatof Foundation, El Oufah Basket: Turquoise
ElOufah is the Arabic name of a carrying basket made of palm branches stripped of their leaves, which was used in Egypt throughout the centuries.
The word is still known today even if the basket is not being used as widely but because of this Egyptian saying: "El Oufah with two handles is carried by two", which is always mentioned when talking about the importance of cooperation to accomplish a task.
Kendaka started working in the isolated community of Badr City, unveiling the creativity of its residents. Women mastered crochet and Kendaka introduced textile scraps to be upcycled with crochet, and this basket is one of the products that was created from this collaboration. Upcycling textile has added much value to their mastering technique, crochet, it has opened a market for the women artisans of Badr City, and at the same time managed to create a textile upcycling team of artisans, that is being shaped into a collaborative production model.
Product creation goes through different steps managed by women, namely piece making, sewing and finishing it, quality control, coordination and product development. The final product goes through several hands, enhancing technical, artistic and entrepreneurial skills on the way.
Leather handles of the basket also came with an upcycling opportunity. Badr City has a leather industrial area called the Robeiky, and some artisans had family members working there and brought leather waste to use for the handles.
Height: 25 cm
Diameter: Ø 37 cm