a fouta story

Fouta is a multi-use towel that has been woven in Tunisia for centuries. The fouta was originally used for many different purposes in everyday life. The Bedouin of the Sahel, for example, used it draped around the hips for field work, or even tied back for carrying babies. 

Because of its unique qualitites, it is still today used throughout the household. Its used to dine on, sit on or wear as a throw.

It is as hammam towel that the fouta is best known. In a hamman, the fouta is used to cover and wrap the bodies when going from one room to another. Spread over the hot stone, it allows to lie or sit.

The production of foutas is local and takes place in small ateliers. They are woven with extensive knowledge and in vibrant colors. It provids a source of income for many families and contributes to developing villages economy. Whether made by hand or on semi-automatic machines, foutas are the result of a work which often involves continuing the tradition over generations.

 


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