Sejnane community

     Their names are Sameh, Eljia, and Melika, representing three generations of women from the lush green hills of north-west Tunisia, in the region surrounding the lakes of Ichkeul and Bizerte. Their daily lives revolve primarily around farming and livestock activities.

       These women are the last custodians of the ancestral craftsmanship of Sejnane pottery. Originally, these pottery items were used for preparing, cooking, and storing food. Over time, this practice has become a significant source of income, providing them with financial and social independence. It also fosters a sense of collaboration within the family, where each member has a role to play, from crafting to selling these pottery pieces.

    Since 2005, t i n j a has been a pioneer in the revival of this unique know-how, introducing a collection of Sejnane pottery with a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic. This innovation has brought the Sejnane potters and their traditions back into the limelight. In 2018, this craftsmanship was officially recognized and included in UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.

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