Craft Draft, culture as lever of sustainable development

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Craft Draft, culture as lever of sustainable development


Text by: Khaoula Erraoui


Category: Civic Engagement & culture


Hamza El Fasiki, is a traditional craftsman, an Andalusian Oud musician and the Founding Artist/Instructor at CraftDraft.Org
He comes from a long line of craftspeople in Fez, Morocco and after his education took him to different places in the world and to various fields far away from the craft, in 2011, He embarked on a journey of rediscovery of the traditional craft of copper etching. The journey so far brought him a new relationship with his father, who has been an artisan since 1959, as well as with other local artisans and older inhabitants of the neighborhood in Fez. It also led him to develop a new feeling for his native language, as he started learning new proverbs and colloquialisms only used by craftsmen. From the first moment he felt he was reconnecting with his roots as he continued to discover the world of craftsmanship, a world forgotten by the majority of the Moroccans.
His journey and the realization that the connection with the old crafts is fading led him to formulate his mission: to bring the traditional knowledge to the global masses through learning, sharing, and inviting both locals and foreigners to take part in this unique exchange.
He founded Craft Draft in 2013 to open those doors and provide a new experience to the new generation. It is a multidisciplinary art studio offering Moroccan traditional visual Arts & Crafts workshops to all age groups around the globe. Through Craft Draft he shows people how to be and feel like an artisan, trying to reconnect them to the cultural and artistic aspect of Moroccan diverse identity with the aim to ensure its sustainability and to promote it abroad.