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Ashtar Team Explores Iraq Al-Amir Through Craftsmanship and Culture

At Ashtar Tours, our mission is to immerse our travelers in rich cultural experiences while supporting local communities. Our recent trip to the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative exemplified this commitment, offering our team an incredible blend of hands-on workshops, cultural exchanges, and delightful local cuisine.


Discovering the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative:


Nestled in the heart of Jordan, the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative stands as a beacon of cultural preservation and empowerment. The cooperative is dedicated to keeping the local heritage alive, protecting the environment, and providing meaningful employment opportunities for women in the village. It's an inspiring initiative that showcases the strength and resilience of the local women, and we were thrilled to witness and partake in their endeavors.




Hands-On Workshops: Crafting Handmade Paper and Ceramics:


Our day began with a warm welcome from the cooperative members, who introduced us to their various workshops. The cooperative is organized into three main domains: handmade paper production, pottery, and a hand weaving mill equipped with three handlooms.








First, we dived into the art of handmade paper production. Under the guidance of skilled artisans, we learned how to recycle and transform natural fibers into beautiful, eco-friendly paper. The process was both fascinating and educational, offering us a deeper appreciation for sustainable craftsmanship.










Next, we explored the ceramic workshop. Here, we got our hands dirty molding clay and creating our own pottery pieces. The experience was both therapeutic and creatively stimulating, allowing us to connect with the age-old tradition of pottery making. The artisans patiently guided us through each step, ensuring everyone, regardless of skill level, could create something meaningful.









A Taste of Local Cuisine:


After our creative endeavors, we were treated to a sumptuous meal prepared by the women of the cooperative. Known for their fresh and delicious produce, the cooperative members outdid themselves, serving a variety of traditional dishes that tantalized our taste buds. The meal was a true celebration of local flavors and hospitality, making our visit even more memorable.


Supporting a Worthy Cause:


Our visit to the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative was more than just a day of activities; it was an opportunity to support a cause that aligns with Ashtar Tours' values. By participating in the cooperative's workshops and enjoying their cuisine, we contributed to their mission of cultural preservation and economic empowerment.

The cooperative not only provides employment but also instills a sense of pride and purpose among the local women. It’s a model of sustainable tourism that Ashtar Tours is proud to endorse and promote.


One of the standout features of the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative is its accessibility to all. The workshops are designed to be enjoyable and educational for all levels and ages, making it an ideal destination for families. Children and adults alike can learn, create, and enjoy a day filled with meaningful activities.


At Ashtar Tours, we believe in creating travel experiences that enrich both our travelers and the communities we visit. Our trip to Iraq Al-Amir was a perfect example of this philosophy in action.

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