Launch of the 9th edition of the Kabyle dress festival in Tizi Ouzou

This 02-day edition is dedicated to the singer Malika Domrane "to honor the career of this great lady of the Kabyle song and the resistance of the Algerian woman", said in a statement to the APS, Hakim Dahmani, spokesman of the association, Tagmat Ihamziène (Ihmziène fraternity), organizer of the event.

Special feature of this small village of 600 souls and which has no less than fifteen sewing workshops, the Kabyle dress "has managed to resist the invasion of clothing and has developed itself by adopting more aesthetic characteristics, "says Fadhma Ghmourassen, seamstress and owner of a sewing workshop.

Reserved for parties and elderly women and staying at home, the Kabyle dress, with its different variants is increasingly popular today. "She has become a daily habit and is no longer a festive dress and is worn even by young girls, thanks to the aesthetic evolution that she adopted," she said.

An evolution that "makes live yet more families and animates a market more and more flourishing which knows a command increasing from year to year and which maintains the interest for this product and the craft which is transmitted to the younger generations" , added the same source.

Present at the opening ceremony, Ameur Linda, head of the office of promotion of the crafts at the level of the direction of the tourism, indicated, for its part, that "a total of 1533 artisans are registered in the register of the sewing of the traditional clothing ", according to statistics stopped at the end of the year 2017.

"Twenty women have benefited from sewing equipment from the National Fund for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Activity (FNPAAT) and another 07 from commercial premises at the craft house level" in the framework of State aid for the promotion of traditional handicrafts, she said.

On the program of these two days, in addition to the permanent exhibition of Kabyle dresses, several cultural and interactive activities, theater, music, fashion show, contest of the best dress and a round table animated by the singer Malika Domrane

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