Thursday, December 11, 2008

at 2:29 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

This video show a way to prepare makroud ( by watching other women you can see the difference )

at 9:40 AM Posted by chaker 0 comments

In this video you can see a women cutting makroud .
this video show a way to prepare makroud ( by watching other women you can see the difference )

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

at 9:46 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

This video is taken in kairouan , in front of zawia Sidi Sahbi, you can discover a new rhythm and music .

Friday, November 28, 2008

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This video is from dailymotion , and it's censured in Tunisia, then i upload the video here , or you can watch it at .
this video can't replace the presence there in bir barrouta in kairouan , it's really great , the camel higher than a man and it's....

at 7:22 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

in previous post , i post some photos of portal at this link .
but this is new one :

at 6:59 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

This is kairouan old postcard , this photo are taken from , and
i like them

Monday, November 24, 2008

at 6:53 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

in this video from the national TV of Tunisia "TV 7 " , you can discover the steps to make makroud (how to make makroud ), this video is turned at kairouan, a Tunisian women from kairouan shows all the spectator the way to make makroud .
but i'm sure that the receipe of makroud is not shown to anyone, in that way the makroud of kairouan has a secret of his cooking , in that way you can say "makroud of kairouan " is a copyrihyt production :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

at 7:57 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

kairouan in 1920 , i can't imagine it but now i can see it at this exclusive video that catches the eyes, i'm sure that the majority of citizen of kairouan town haven't seen this video and haven't the idea of it existence , really i found it in the youtube at this adress : , then i decide to upload it here because some country had youtube censured or blocked for acces .
in this video you can see abnormal things, don't miss it , enjoy :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

at 9:23 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

The “burnous” is an exterior clothing, generally made out in doubled wool and can be painted in various colors. The best ones are of type "jeridi", oases located in the south of Tunisia or the "kefi", after the city of Kef.

The “burnous” is a long and full traditional coat with hood but without sleeves.

This is a traditional wintry piece of cloth which originated from the “berber” where it comes to crown the traditional Tunisian costumes which has a special prestige.

“Barnous” is dating back to the roman era and part of the traditional of “berber” populations before the Arab conquest.

The “burnous” gets you a feeling of heat much better than the modern coats and can even be used as a cover during the night. Practical isn’t!

It can be embroidered with sharp colors and be carried by the women as an evening dress "caftan"

author : Mohamed Rebai

this is a photo a men wearing barnousse (barnous)

With the emancipation of the woman Haïk (authentically to the city of Kairouan) disappears more and more (too much cumbersome) and gradually becomes almost non-existent leaving the place to immense Sefsari- women scarf of the natural silk generally (white or yellow). The aim is always the same one to cover themselves and protect themselves from the bad weather and mainly from the glances.

Some “sefsari” of lower quality are manufactured starting from Nylon (synthetic) of 6m X 2,20m which wraps all the body when they go out (more practical).

Weaving can be made with : “swabeaâ” (fingers), “felaya” (fine comb) “nekhil” (palm trees).

It is a traditional vestimentary mode which dissapears out more and more. Nowadays, it is still carried by the women of a certain age.

Types :

  • Sefsari Harir (silk)
  • Sefsari with targuia of black color to cover the face
  • Sefsari with lahfa mesria (Egyptian) longer than the targuia
  • Sefsari with assaba (veil being used to mask the face of the women in Sefsari carried on the face or the head. It is black, out of wool and sometimes red)
author : Mohamed Rebai

but now i think that only the women over 45 years are wearing this kind of clothes.

at 9:08 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

An authentically Kairouanese specialty

Makhroud are semolina small cakes cut in the shape of lozenges, stuffed with dates, hazelnuts, or almonds, deep fried in olive oil and drizzled with honey or sugar syrup.

These delicacies are special because they combine the cereals of the north of the country with the olive oil of the Sahel region. In addition, Makhroud are a biologically sound source of caloric value (people usually find it wonderful to discover the unique taste of these little treats!).

In the past, Makhroud were made at home; today bakers and pastry chefs do the work. The most famous are called “Segni-ben Sokrana-Bouhafer-Omrani”.

Varieties :

  • Makroudh diyari (normal)
  • Makroudh bzit zitoune (with olive oil)
  • Makroudh billouze (with almonds)
  • Makroudh bijiljlan (with sesame seeds)

at 8:33 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

Kairouan is known in the cities of Tunisia by his : bread , Makroudh(kind of patisserie) and Keftegi (kairouan sandwitch) .

now this is a few kind of bread in kairouan :

Siniya: is bread that rises in metal molds and whose crust is brushed with oil. Chiha is the most famous.


baked on the floor of the oven, is very light and the most popular.
Mida is bread sprinkled with semolina. Like Siniya, the dough was originally made at home, then baked by the local baker.

Mjarreh : is similar to Chaway, but is lacey in appearance.

Mbassess : bread of different dimensions, made with olive oil, smen, and sometimes even mouton fat.

Bzezel = (in english breast ;) ) : is bread served at the wedding ceremony, it’s made of little pointed puffs of dough.

Kamh :is a full grain bread made with non husked wheat.

Majamaa :pain de grande dimension formé de boules de pâtes

BIzzitoune : is bread with black olives.

Chiir :is full-grain rye bread.

Tabouna (Galette) :pain de campagne cuit au four circulaire en terre cuite

Bochmat : is very crunchy bread baked on the floor of the oven.

Ftira Ghanay :is country bread baked in a clay tajine pot.

Mlawi :should be served warm with butter and honey or powdered sugar. These small breads can also be dipped in melted butter and honey.

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at 1:36 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

This video is really unique, it's hard to get it from the internet , i found it in , this video takes me 25 years ago, when i see my grand mother weaving .

source video :

the frame where the carpet is made is known as saddaya = سدّاية

the traditional saddaya in wood (difficult to found it now day)

the "modern" saddaya :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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From December 2 to March 31, 2009, Kairouan will host a cultural exhibit dubbed "Mediterranean civilizational innovation: exchange and communication". The exhibit which is hosted by the Rekada Museum of Islamic Arts and Civilization, is organized by the Ministry of culture and heritage preservation.

The event is also part of the El Kantara (bridge) Euro- Med project, aiming at fostering exchange and communication between East and West, in order to highlight the shared civilizational heritage between the countries bordering the Mediterranean.

Launched by the Paris based Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe), the project groups seven countries from both shores of the Mare Nostrum, namely Tunisia, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, France and Spain and Algeria, with the contribution of Egypt and Syria.

The exhibit which consist in historic documents, photos, and sound presentations will be simultaneously shown in the afore mentioned countries, primarily targeting young people and students.

The choice of Kairouan to host such a symbolic exhibit, is certainly not fortuitous.

The city is actively readying itself to be promoted as "the Capital of Islamic Culture" in 2009. Several rehabilitation works have already been engaged by the local authorities who are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to give a new shine to the prestigious city.

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at 12:47 PM Posted by chaker 0 comments

No one can deny the mysterious feeling and the great sensation in visiting kairouan at night, it's fabulous thing.

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