Desert Embroidery: Visitor Center

Desert Embroidery: Visitor Center

Over two hundred tour groups from Israel and abroad visit the traditional Bedouin tent located at Association headquarters in Lakia every year. These include groups of retirees, educators, church and synagogue groups, high school and college students and visitors from every facet of Israeli society. Bedouin women from the Association meet each group to talk about the traditional role of women in Bedouin society, the changes in women’s status in present day Israeli society, the role embroidery plays in Bedouin society and the challenges facing Bedouin women today. For the vast majority of visitors, including Israelis, the Center is their first contact with Bedouin society and exposes them to the traditions and values of Bedouin society as well as the work of the Association.

Groups are offered home cooked traditional food and walking tours of the village of Lakia as well as a visit to the home of a traditional woman. All visits conclude in the Desert Embroidery store where visitors can purchase the beautiful hand-made embroidery products and read more about the activities of the Association.

  

 
 
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The Association for the Improvement of Women's Status Lakia - Desert Embroidery
The Association for the Improvement of the Status of Women was founded in 1996 as the first Bedouin women's organization in the Negev, one of the poorest regions in Israel.  Better known as Desert Embroidery, the Association is committed to advancing the status of women through the education and empowerment of Bedouin women. Founded and run by Bedouin women. The organization works to improve the economic and social status of Bedouin women and advance the educational achievements of Bedo ...