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« on: August 22, 2008 04:52:36 AM »

Welcome to the Middle East and North African Inspired Swap - A swap for all things inspired by this truly inspiring region of the world!


There has been extensive pre-swap discussion for this swap here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=183433.0
including a fantastic list of resources from Jillie which I have included below, for which we must thank her - and also for starting the discussion.

You will be making crafts inspired by the Middle East and North Africa!  You can use supplies from the region, make traditional Arabic crafts, swap recipes and music from the region or make anything you wish inspired by the theme!

This swap is open to everyone!  You don't have to live in or be from the region, just be inspired by it.

In case anyone was wondering, by North African I am meaning Saharan countries and those further north, i.e. Morocco, Tunisa etc.

Swap Details

Swap name: Middle East/North Africa Inspired Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Kenners
Sign-up date range: 22nd August 2008 - 30th August 2008
Date to send item by: 30th September 2008

Limited to a certain number of people?: No, although I will be looking for a co-organiser if number reach 20+ - volunteers welcome!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: Yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: Yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: Yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: Yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: Yes

This swap is for all those inspired by the Middle East and North Africa, whether they be inspired by the culture, language, food, art, landscape or anything else.

We will be creating 1 large or two medium items, and two small items. The majority of these items should be crafted. If you want to send more items, different sized items etc please communicate with your partner about this!

Please read the Swap Info Guide, it contains lots of information including item 'size' guidlibnes. Its very useful.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

Are there any colours that you love?:
Any that you hate?:
Any pet hates, for instance a fabric that you just can't stand?:
Any Allergies?:
Would the items you craft come into contact with any allergens? Animals, smoke etc.:
Do you have a website, blog or wist you would like to share?:
Do you wear jewellery, if so what varieties/sizes?:
Do you wear clothes, if so what variety/sizes?:

What crafts would you like to use for this swap?:
Any ideas of what you would particularly like to recieve?:

Tell us a little about why and how you are inspired by the Middle East/North Africa:
Are there any particular aspects of the area that inspire you? For instance Islamic Art, history,the Sahara, Belly dancing etc.:
Do you have a favourite country from the region?:

Is there anything else you would like to share? Maybe you've been to the region and have some stories to tell, or Iranian bands to share? Who knows, this is the bit for everything and anything:

Please feel free to link to any relevant pictures that you find particularly inspiring or that you just plain love!:



I'm in the UK, so all dates and times will be British Summer Time, so the close for sign ups is midnight on 30th August BST.

I also reserve the right to deny applications entrance to the swap if they have multiple feedback comments relating to poor communication or late sending. If you have any concerns about this please PM me.

I have probably missed something important - Let me know if I have!

Swap Participants

1 - Mimik
2 - Scotskipper402
3 - Therisa
4 - Saturn
5 - Kenners
6 - Jaybee
7 - Bezoona
8 - israeli_chic


Israeli_chic <---> Bezoona
Therisa <---> Saturn
Scotskipper402 <---> Jaybee
Kenners <---> Mimik

Resources - feel free to post any more in the thread if you have them!

General Art/Crafts
"What is Islamic Art?": http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art30068.asp
Libyan Art:  http://www.libyana.org/art/
Egyptian artisans:  http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/artisan.list_by_country.php?country_id=39
Moroccan Art:  http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.art-maroc.co.ma%2Findex.htm&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&prev=%2Flanguage_tools

Islamic patterns:  http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/10317.asp
Palestinian embroidery:  http://www.sabellaphoto.com/embroidery1.htm

Turkish: http://www.marlamallett.com/turkish.htm
Afghani/Pakistani:  http://www.marlamallett.com/afghani.htm

Middle Eastern Dance (also known as Belly Dancing): 


Traditional clothing:  http://www.sfusd.k12.ca.us/schwww/sch618/Clothing/Islam_Clothing,_Jewelry_Ma.html
Clothing tutorials:  http://www.knowledgehound.com/topics/middleea.htm
Islamic clothes sellers:  http://www.modernmuslima.com/clothiers.htm
Hijab (head scarves): http://www.thehijabshop.com/

Silver jewellry: http://www.oldbeads.com/east.html

Arabic Henna
A video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64tkNv4rqk0
« Last Edit: October 01, 2008 02:44:17 AM by Kenners » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2008 06:20:17 AM »

Thanks, Kenners! I have to finish up 2 swaps, and then I'll most likely be "in" for this one. Smiley

I'd like to add that my special interest in this swap comes from "adopting" the culture of the Lebanese and Phoenician people from my Lebanese MIL and her extended family, although I am 100% Irish myself.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2008 08:06:33 AM »

This maybe of interest to some people from this swap... there is a belly dance swap in the sign up stages at the moment, thought it may appeal to people who are interested in this swap.

You can find it here
« Last Edit: August 22, 2008 08:07:52 AM by Kenners » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2008 08:42:01 AM »

Yay, count me in...I was just thinking about reviving the South Asia swap and I see there's some crossover here (I think of Pakistan/Afghanistan as South Asian), so this should hold me over.  There is a lot of crossover in styles between the two regions.  Good call, cuz I know the Asia swaps usually leave this part of the world out.

« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2008 09:42:10 AM »

It's started. Shabash!

"For what do we exist, but to laugh at our neighbors and be laughed at in our turn?"

My stash of supplies is now Beyond Life Expectancy. I love personal swaps! http://www.wists.com/redmennis
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2008 08:36:22 PM »

Sent in my info, but just realized I accidentally left the subject area blank  Shocked...so that (no subject) message is my questionnaire, lol.  Cheesy

I'm Back! Woo-hoo!
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2008 09:59:14 AM »

Just to let you guys know I've been away for the weekend (its the bank holiday here) so its not that I've been ignoring your applications, I've just been busy seeing friends. Tomorrow I shall be updating everything!

Edit: Ok, everyone who has applied so far should have received a pm confirming this and have their names on the front page. Let me know if I've missed anyone.

I'm excited Smiley
« Last Edit: August 26, 2008 03:25:09 AM by Kenners » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2008 06:28:02 AM »

Its a slow day at work and so I've been doing some browsing of the internets and have come up with a couple of links that I think people here may appreciate:

Another section of this website is mentioned in resources above, however, this bit is about Kilims etc made my nomads in the Middle East.

Lots of the rugs I saw in Tunisia were made to very similar patterns.

This site has information and links about costumes from all over the world. There is an Africa section and a Middle East Section.

Be warned though, a lot of the links are out of date now!

Finally, http://www.turkotek.com/salon_00104/salon.html
Lots of lovely felted rugs from Iran here. I believe that felt is used widely in parts of the Middle East (especially the colder bits) for clothing and yurts etc. These rugs are so pretty Smiley
« Last Edit: August 26, 2008 07:03:56 AM by Kenners » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2008 12:24:01 PM »

I want to join this swap! I love Arabian-inspired designs and prints!

« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2008 02:40:13 AM »

Welcome to the swap Jaybee!

It looks like its going to be quite a small swap (an organisers' dream!) but from scanning the questionnaires I think we'll get some good matches between partners Smiley
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