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  • Garagous Village Pottery

    From:Qus

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    Dating back to 1954, the craft was initiated by a duo of French Monks, at the request of the renowned architect Hassan Fathi. Frenchman Robert De Mongolfier, who owned a pottery business in his hometown, was invited to Luxor, where he introduced the new craft to Garagos. Amm Nosseir Bekheit, now 72 years old, is the last surviving founder of Garagous pottery workshop. He recounts the story of how it all began “One day in 1954, when I was 14 years old, I was with my friends Tabeet Labib, Yousef Fahmy, Naeem Naguib, and Gergis Fahmy . We spotted two foreigners arriving. They seemed to be looking for something, and we assumed they were French Jesuits, here to visit our village monastery, Deir Garagous.”  “Every day we accompanied our new friends on a tour of the village, to meet the community. It was poor and agriculture was its main livelihood, though may also made a living from pottery, a 5000-year-old art form from the time of the pharaohs. Each day, after this tour, they returned to the monastery and we returned to our playing, despite the language barrier, we started to share our dreams and ambitions to do something different for our village. And the dream began to grow.” Amm Nosseir laughed and said, “The funny thing is, we knew we had a dream, but we weren't quite sure what it was. Now, 57 years later, I can share with you the essence of this dream. “In 1955 the French Jesuits told us about the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy, noted for his ecologically pioneering architecture. Hassan Fathy arrived in our village to design the Garagos pottery workshop, with its mud-brick dome style adapted to our village environment.  After months of hard work, we finished constructing the new Garagous pottery workshop, the first-ever small factory in our village. We built it in two parts: manufacturing area and showroom. And how beautiful it was!  Brick domes with natural air vents, and natural entrances that fit into the outside environment. Days later the owner of a pottery company in France arrived to train the village youth in the secret techniques of pottery making in order to renew the ancient Egyptian art. “Garagos lead-free pottery is today characterized by turquoise, blue, and gray glazing with subtle green and yellow tones. It features ancient designs of fish, birds, and the ankh (Coptic cross) and is produced from the same red Aswan silt that the pharaohs used for their pottery. “I can't believe that 57 years have passed, and I am now a 72-year-old man. I still remember my four friends, who became my partners in the Garagous pottery workshop. We were not just partners, but like the five fingers of one hand — we shared a dream, and together we built it.”  Am Nosseir stared into the distance, as though looking far into his past and forward to the new generations in the village who will ensure the future of Garagous pottery.

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  • Hagaza Village Wood-Arts

    From:Qus

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    In the village of Hagaza, 17km from Qus on the periphery of the Eastern Desert, we met with Hagaza village wood arts artisans, exceptional artisans. "For some 25 years, the center has been training the unemployed young men of the village in wood working skills in order to alleviate poverty. This center initiated after pop botrous and franco, who train young people in Hagaza to retain their ancestors wood engraving that collect the pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic arts. Fifteen young men each year enroll in the three-year training program operated by an Egyptian non-governmental agency called the Association of Upper Egypt for Education and Development." Gamal Basheir stated. Basheer one of the artisans told us, he one of many others graduated from the program 17 years ago and has been able to provide for his family ever since. "The problem is that some people consider the products expensive, but no one can see the hard work that goes into them. To produce a piece like a panther sculpture, for example, takes about two days. Mostly, the men carve wood from the Sersau (Dalbergia sissoo) tree, which is brought in by the Center from Aswan, and sometimes Qena. " Basheer sees himself and his colleagues as artisans who engrave the symbols of their heritage into each piece they create.   In doing so, they provide a better life for their families, and send out a message of peace to the world. Articals about Hegaza wood work: egypttoday.com

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  • Siwa Oasis Community

    From:Siwa Oasis

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    Siwa Oasis - the land of the moon - that charming oasis on the outskirts of Western Sahara in Egypt. Travellers fired the name of Land of the moon. where the magic rays of the moon fall on the water springs , palm tree’s leaves and the sand dunes can not be compared. Here many local families live from local tribes in safety under protection of the traditions laws of society and many of their heritage and arts inspired from surrounded nature and culture sites. In Siwa oases many of women works trying to revive their ancestral heritage through preserve their traditional heritage crafts industry that characterize the Siwa Oasis unique culture and nature. Each day they come together at sunrise to chatting and exchange ideas about their crafts and their attempts to develops their crafts to suit modern fashion for tourist as newcomers to their oasis. Women in siwa very clever in the use of wool and silk yarns which produce clothes wedding , embroidery cotton shawls and Embroidery Bags for ladies , also Siwa very famous in production the distinctive Siwi klim and rugs. if you visit Siwa someday, don’t miss to buy some pieces of handmade crafts to enjoy cultural heritage while enjoying the natural heritage of the springs and natural swimming pools of warm pure water and also don’t miss to skating on the sand dunes while enjoy your safari trip their - in the land of the moon -. The traditional culture of Siwa shows many features unusual in Egypt, some reflecting its longstanding links with the Maghreb and the fact that the inhabitants are of Berber origin. Until a tarmac road was built to the Mediterranean coast in the 1980s Siwa’s only links with the outside world were by arduous camel tracks through the desert. These were used to export dates and olives, bring trade goods, or carry pilgrims on the route which linked the Maghreb to Cairo and hence to Mecca. As a result of this isolation, the Berber inhabitants of the Oasis developed a unique culture manifested in its crafts of basketry, pottery, silverwork and embroidery and in its style of dress. The most visible and celebrated examples of this were the bridal silver and the ensemble of silver ornaments and beads that women wore in abundance to weddings and other ceremonies. These pieces were decorated with symbols which related to Siwa’s history and beliefs and attitudes.

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  • North Sinai Villages

    From:North Sinai

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    The Governorate of Northern Sinai occupies the northern section of the peninsula ‎with the Mediterranean Sea in the North, North Sinai has a surface area of around 27564 square ‎kilometers and a population of around 400,000 inhabitants with most of them ‎residing by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, except for some nomadic Bedouins ‎who live in the desert located in the middle of Sinai.The environmental characteristics of North Sinai can be divided into two categories; ‎the Coastal area of the Mediterranean Sea represented in the Northern plains and ‎they are covered with sand dunes and the desert environment located inside the Sinai ‎Peninsula with a large number of mountains like the Maghara Mountain being 776 ‎meters high and the Halal Mountain being 881 meters high. Having one of the longest beaches over the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt, El Arish city is ‎popular for its sandy beaches that are bordered by a large number of palm trees. The Egyptians, during different periods, of time took El Arish as an outpost in Sinai ‎especially during the Roman and Ptolemaic eras and then the city was fortified during the Middle Ages and then during the ruling period of the Ottomans. ‎ Beduines come from places around Sinai such as Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They settled in Sinai long ago, even though the environment is and was quite tough for living. There is hardly anything else than sand and mountains. Only a closer glance shows that there are some few oasises, plants and animals that allow the Beduines to live anomadic life as they have always done.

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  • Shandweel Tulle

    From:Sohag

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    In the 1950s, on Shandweel island in the deep south of Egypt, Um Alia hand-crafted traditional wedding clothes for her daughter and other girls in the village — a vital part of the wedding ceremony in that region. She would thread a tiny needle with silver and gold thread, weaving them through Tilly cloth into shapes and symbols representing the heritage of her forebears. She drew camels to indicate the wedding caravan, waves like the waters of the Nile, trees for rural village life, stars for the wedding ceremony's nights, and finally triangles for mountains and to protect the bride from envy. No girl could move to her husband's house without at least three Tilly dresses.  Years passed. Girls began to go to school and were exposed to modern fashions. Um Alia's handmade work went out of style; people were no longer interested in this tradition. Though mothers cannot forget their grandmothers' traditions, they also cannot change the mind of a new generation. In the 1990s, Dr. Shahira Fawzy, an Egyptian researcher, visited Shandweel in search of Um Alia. Fortunately, she found her still alive. Together, Dr. Shahira and Um Alia established a small Tilly handicrafts workshop. Ten girls received training, and each girl would then go on to train another ten. Now, more than 1000 woman work in Tilly handicrafts from their homes and through a number NGOs in Shandweel village. The women of Shandweel have collectively revived the heritage of their grandmothers, a 19thcentury Upper Egyptian tradition.

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  • Catherine Crafts

    From:South Sinai

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    Salima El-Gebaly is a Bedouin from Saint Catherine. She was the first among her community to obtain a secondary school certificate, and went on to work for years in Saint Catherine Park. As a child, while playing in the monastery or wandering along the wadis between the mountains, Salima noticed the Bedouin women, who tended goats in the mountains or collected medicinal herbs, drawing what they saw. They did not use pen and paper, but rather wool thread on traditional fabrics, to express their feelings and depict their natural environment. Salima began to see this as “a traditional artisanal documentation of their environment” and a true Bedouin art form. In 1998, with the support of the Saint Catherine protectorate, she began to be involved in training local Bedouin women and marketing their traditional handicrafts. The natural elements of this environment — the sun, birds, trees, and wadis — are a recurrent motif, but what she finds remarkable is how, in the handmade products, “you will always find the sun, or the same tree, drawn in different styles.” In 2002, El-Gebaly decided to lead a local community-based enterprise. With the support of the protectorate, she established "Fan Sina" (meaning 'The Art of Sinai') as a craft and income generation initiative. Starting with only 5 women, today Fan Sina works with 350 women from 4 different tribes along the valleys of the holy town of Saint Catherine, South Sinai. Today, Fan Sina has a total of 350 Bedouin women producer and provides them with a monthly income.  A products from FAN SINA , Inspired by nomadic culture and the natural environment, made by  Bedouin ladies make authentically beautiful handcrafted embroidery and products. Through using colorful thread and beads brings back to life motifs of elder tribesmen sawn in an attire of modernity, fashion and functionality much suitable for our present day. FanSina's products are more than a piece of handicraft. They are a symbol for empowering women living in the far-away valleys of St. Katherine’s, on the margin of today's society. Their work, passion, and art shape thread and cloth into beautiful bags and cushions, and these help shape the lives of these 300+ women and their families.

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  • Wadi Al Gimal Artisans

    From:Wadi El-Gimal National Park

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    Zainab Mahmoud Fadl, daughter of Marsa Alam City, a woman in her forties, was married at the age of thirteen, and a mother of two girls and a young man,. she did not know how to work with the coastal beads, but she had a wish that motivated her to discover by herself how to stack units of beads side by side, perfectly textured, and magnificent. At noon each day she carries what she wove, and goes to the beach of her city on the Red Sea to display on the ground all her beautifully made bracelets that are so brightly colored as she wishes her life to be. Zainab, Aisha, Amnaa and more than 200 women working artists try to preserve the legacy of their ancestors from the protectorate valley and the area south of Marsa Alam beside Egypt's Eastern Desert villages like Kulaan , Apogson,  Hamata and Berenice and Sheikh shadliy and many valleys of small mountains All the people there are descendant of the tribe Al ababda with a great history and rich cultural heritage, they inhabit "Wadi Al-Gimal" protected area, one of the most beautiful natural reserves places in Egypt The Ababda extend from the Nile at Aswan to the Red Sea, and reach northward to the Qena-Quseir road, thus occupying the southern border of Egypt east of the Nile. They call themselves "sons of the Jinns.  In this area the local population is the Ababda bedouin who have many rich and colourful traditions - much of which is endangered by the pressures of modern life and the economic exploitation of the area and its' rescources. Traditionally nomadic, many still work herding their flocks of goats through the network of wadis in search of grazing land and water.  They are renowned for their skilled animal tracking abilities. The Wadi El Gemal Nationa Park ( meaning "Valley of the Camels" ) is an extensive area of land and coastal water lying to the south of Marsa Alam.  It includes many diverse ecological habitats and a rich variety of animal and bird types including several endangered species.

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  • Zawya Copper Artisan

    From:zaweya and daher

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    Craft relies on the use of brass for manufacturing jewelery and toiletry, other products related to household tools such as pots, also used in making weapons such as swords, daggers, spears and door knobs. In Zawya area in cairo, a group of young artisans started their project a long time to learn and train in the industry of brass ornaments and also inlays leather with brass.

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  • Khaymia Artisans

    From:Al Darb Al Ahmer

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    Khayamia is an ethnic Egyptian art for using multi colored fabrics in making traditional pavilions. Historically, this art was linked to the fabrication of the Holy Kaaba’s cover decorated with gold and silver threads. The cover used to be produced in Egypt and then transferred to Saudi Arabia in a majestic procession “Mahmal”, until the sixties of the last century. Originally, there was a special ceremony for the endorsement of new Khayamia craftsman, by examining his work through experienced and older craftsmen. In case of success, the new artisan used to host a banquet as a celebration party. Nowadays, entering this craft is automatically done after acquiring the required techniques. Khayamia is fabric art which is done by adding small pieces of fabric of different colours and material on a bigger piece of fabric to create pieces of art. The small pieces of fabric are placed by hidden stitches using a needle. The main area for khaymia arts is khayamia street in heart of old cairo close to bab zewela.

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  • Bashteel Pottery Community

    From:Giza

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    Bashteel, a neighborhood in Imbaba district part of Giza Governorate. An area inhabited by many people suffering mostly from poverty and low income rates in addition to the lack of many basic infrastructure of water, electricity and sanitation. Random popular houses that include many families trying in various ways to provide a living and try to continue a decent life. In the midst of all these circumstances, a group of artisans managed to create a collection of ceramic artifacts to open up a means of extra income and chose to form these pieces to take the forms of popular folkoloric characters and other famous celebrities. We find popular folkloric characters from Upper Egypt on coffee shop or at home with the family, we find the seller in the market and the juice walking man, and also find Umm Kulthum with her band and other characters of television series for children. The beauty of the workmanship of these products is the strength of raw materials used by artisans to make the product and the beauty of the colors used in the products bright colors and diversity gives beauty to the product and creativity of the artisans of the region of Bashteel.

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  • Mo'tamdia Artisans

    From:Giza

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    In a suburb of Giza and not far from the Pyramids of Giza, more than 150 women gather together daily to teach each other the art of rutal embroidery, they created their own NGO since 1996 to assist them in marketing their products. They live in that area since it was an agricultural area, when they come from Sohag in upper egypt and setteld in Giza, the local environment of their origin villages make an inspiration for them in the production of their distinctive embroidered wool cloth, their works reflect the motifs of Egyptian environment such as palm trees, houses, camels, people, river nile and more  of the Egyptian environment of nature and humans.

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  • Mervat - Folk Dolls

    From:Giza

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    The art of traditional dolls making still one of supreme folkolorik crafts in Egypt that enthuses a lot of artisans. Mervat is one of those artisans who love the art of folkolorik dolls making. A young girl from Mo'tamadia Giza. she design and creates dolls since her childhood and developed a lot from her style by using metal wires, small accessories and lots of colorful fabrics.  In a suburb of Giza and not far from the Pyramids of Giza, more than 150 women gather together daily to teacheach other the art of rutal embroidery, they created their own NGO since 1996 to assist them in marketing their products. They live in that area since it was an agricultural area, when they come from Sohag in upper egypt and setteld in Giza, the local environment of their origin villages make an inspiration for them in the production of their distinctive embroidered wool cloth, their works reflect the motifs of Egyptian environment such as palm trees, houses, camels, people, river nile and more of the Egyptian environment of nature and humans.

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