The El Arish cooperative empowers Bedouin Women in rural Egypt. These women live in isolated villages in North Sinai. Since Bedouin cultures don’t encourage women to leave their home to work outside these women are often marginalized . The El Arish cooperative found a way to empower these women by selling their traditional embroidery and thus helping them to generate an additional income for their family.
Embroidery has a long tradition in Egypt and the first evidence of embroidering technique can be dated back to 6000 BC. The designs of their unique products derive from traditional motifs that represent the Bedouin culture. Some of the patterns that they use for their products are similar to those that Bedouin women sew on their wedding dresses or other festive clothes.