Based in silver this pin has been elegantly decorated with an fragrant ambergris skhab, a symbol native to the coastal Tunisian city of Mehdia, and tiny chain of rayhana silver-wire loops, designed to pay homage to a traditional jewelry-making technique. The pin is commonly used to chicly join the ends of a shawl or secure a veiled woman’s hijab, but can also be worn as an elegant lapel decoration.
Saïda is an expert in amber crafts. A third-generation artisan, she inherited her know-how and patience from her mother who, in turn, inherited the same from her own mother. Today, Saïda is teaching her craft to her own daughter, Jihen. She likes to work with amber in different colors red-black, brown, blue and different shapes beads, flowers, khomsa, fish, etc.
Nicknamed Foufa, she used to work as a nurse’s aid. She came upon jewelry making through her sister Mariem and joined the Barka team after receiving a training in the trade. She has been part of the team for less than two years but she has already mastered various techniques including assembly and threading. She helps out with sales and knows intimately all the products and techniques in the Barka store.
Quote:“The world of jewelry making wasn’t part of my plans. But, since I first joined up, it has felt like what I was made to do.”