Once upon a time ... RES’ART
The network of Algerian artisans of art, Res’Art, emerged in 2001 from the reflection of three activists from the association “Femmes en Communication”” Women in Communication”: Mina Zerrouk, journalist and project manager at FEC, Wardia Sokri, craftswoman of art, and Maya Azeggagh, engineer reversed in arts and crafts.
For the Association Femmes en Communication, craftsmanship is a form of female communication as a part of the Algerian identity and tangible and intangible heritage.
All three were convinced that at the end of the dark decade, related to terrorism in Algéria, Algerian craftsmanship skills will be lost.
Maya Azeggagh and Wardia Sokri, who had experienced the difficulties of artisans, had the idea of working in a group to create mutual aid between artisans (access to raw materials, marketing, and mobility).
At that time FEC took advantage of every public activity, seminar and trade fairs, nationally or internationally, to exhibit the work of artisans. The network officially started in 2003, with around 20 artisans from 5 regions: Adrar, Algiers, Tizi Ouzou, Tipasa and Timimoun.
Between 2008 and 2010 Res’Art expanded to 120 artisans, in 8 new regions: Bouira, Cherchell, Djanet, Ghardaia, Constantine, Oran, Tiaret and Tougourt. From 2011 more than 450 artisans have been trained and Res’Art has expanded further to Tamanrasset, Jijel and Kalitouss.
Res’Art’s work has helped female artisans to meet and exchange, to train, to promote Algerian craftsmanship, to develop their national and international marketing and to organize themselves in a fair-trade activity.