Meet the Artisans: Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative

We are grateful to announce a new partnership at The Little Market, Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative. 

Based out of Jordan, this incredible co-op has empowered local craftswomen for more than 25 years. It is the oldest independent women’s cooperative located in Jordan and is a member of the Jordanian Cooperatives Association. 

Ceramic Hand Trays - Jordan {The Little Market}

The cooperative’s team of artisans is primarily made up of single women from rural communities. While four of them hold a high school degree, the majority have previously had limited access to formal educational opportunities. 

Ceramic Hand Trays {The Little Market}

Through Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative, they can achieve financial independence, gain leadership roles, and also support their families. Otherwise, they would remain within their homes and rely on their fathers and brothers. 

Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative - TraysPhoto Courtesy of Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative

Our new ceramic trays are handcrafted through a slip-casting technique. The artisans create slip from the clay (a liquid mixture of clay and water). The slip is poured into molds and left to sit for approximately 12 to 24 hours based on the weather. The excess slip is poured out, and the clay is left to dry and become firm. When ready, the pieces are refined and prepared for firing in the oven. After a few days, the pieces are sandpapered, glazed, and set back in the kiln for a few more days. In addition to a ceramics workshop, Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative offers workshops on weaving, papermaking, and soap. 

Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative - TechniquePhoto Courtesy of Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative

We are thrilled to work with this cooperative and support its incredible mission. To shop the collection and support hardworking women, visit our site or our store in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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