A Kelim is a woven carpet or wall hanging whose special feature is that the weft thread forms the pattern on both sides of the Kelim. This means that the Kelim, similar to European picture weaving, is not woven with the weft thread pulled through. A Kelim project for our Afghan women lasts 4 years and is divided into 4 training phases.
Since there have not been and still are no female teachers for most of the professions, we have had to rely on working with male teachers from the very beginning.
The female students have to accept the male teacher. If necessary, ALS has a clarifying discussion with the respective head of the family. Only when the family has agreed, the woman can come to the center and learn.
Contents of the Training
The students are divided into groups and talk among themselves about a possible design for the Kelim. They ask questions to their teacher if they have problems while working. The lesson plan includes the use of designs and tools, as well as carpet knotting. Accompanying the training are literacy, legal and health courses.