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  • Fowa Rugs Artisans

    From:kafr el sheikh

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    Fuwa, a city that lies on the Nile’s Delta, engulfed by colour and bounded by nature. Nature serving as the first inspiration of humankind, and crafts being the first form of art created, the people of Fuwa took up kilim weaving hundreds of years ago. Today, the craft is being embraced by Kiliim Egypt, by adding a modern twist while still maintaining the authentic craftsmanship. The kilim is a traditional textile, often a rug or carpet, made of the flat-weaving technique, patterned with colourful designs projecting facets of tradition. The custom is perpetuated by generations of Fuwan families, serving as their livelihood and canvas onto which their expression of character takes place. However, as with all traditional crafts, the prevalence of cheap technology and the establishment of a globalised hyper-capitalist competitive market have left the kilim-making industry struggling to survive. Cheap labour and the domination of China-made products have unfortunately coupled with the plummeting of tourism, threatening the maintenance and the sustainability of the craft and the income of craftsmen. Kilims art of yarn and the problem of thread wool that has overcome them in the habit natural bright colors and graphics mixed with the components and designs among the Pharaonic and Arab folk art, to turn out at the hands of a virtuoso to a piece of art very magnificence and creativity, not to mention its relevance to the Egyptian heritage. It should be noted that the kilims made from coils wool sheep, and despite the simplicity of its components and drawings, but it always succeed in attracting the attention of lovers of authenticity, also the industry suffered from the development of carpet and technology industry in the countries of the world. In recent years it returned to occupy an important position with the Egyptian Interior Designers.

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  • mother of pearl crafts

    From:El Hussein & El Darasa

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    Arts of mother of pearl is popular in Khan el-Khalili and Hussein, and also in the village of "musuem of mother of pearl " sakia Almnkadi in Menoufia governorate. This village holds a mighty number of well traind artists, there fingertips wrapped - as they say - with silk. Every day they carve the name of their village, and put it back in the Arab art scene in it's righteous place, with their special skills and precision, adults and children. The village of "mother of pearl", located north of Cairo (about 60 km) of Ashmun the center of one of the most important Monofia centers and it got the reward of the best center in the Egyptian country , and most of its inhabitants work in the craft of decorating with pearls, through dozens of special workshops in this craft, which form with each other a daily competition in precision, skill and searching for new ideas, in formations and methods of decorating. The village is home to about 70 workshop making pearls decoration products and antiques with about 1000 workers, and production capacity approaching 1.6 million pieces per year. you can find these workshops part of the artisans home or beside the village fields every workshop includes at least two dozen workers. By this working method the village was able to overcome the problem of unemployment and the liberation of the mainstream culture of waiting for a government job or «torab Al miri», as the Egyptians call it. This Industry goes through four stages:  The production of the wooden boxes.  decoration with pearls.  polishing. Preparation and marketing. · If needed some products are lined with cloth in a fifth stage as in the wooden boxes products. The workshops specialized in cutting natural seashells cut small and large pieces according to the required shapes, and here we take into consideration the type and size of the decoration piece, the bigger pieces are easier to use in the decoration and the smaller pieces takes more time for precision and perfection

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  • Lemon Wood artisans

    From:Sharkia Gov.

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    The drilling on the wood or engraving , the art of the word Alooamh -Ouima means digging inscriptions and drawings on wood, this collection of craft arts carried out by skilled hands to convert wood into a beautiful vibrant piece of art. Wood carving is one of the oldest fine arts in history began since ancient times when the Ottomans decorated different buildings, like mosques, Koran holders, clothing boxes , cabinets and chairs, they used to drill on wood to form beautiful geometric graphics. In our time "Alooamh" is associated with furniture making worksops, so most of "Al Oymagiyaa" workshops are beside furniture makers like in Damietta and some other areas in Cairo, such as El- gammaleya, Souq Al selahh, Abdin, Imbaba, Al Darb Al Ahmer and Al Basateen. The person who works in this profession is called "Oymagi." This art is not new it has been present since ancient times, and all the reliefs on the walls of temples like leaves, people or animals is a proof of this, you can see it on the Pharaonic, Romanian, Greek and Sumerian temples. With the emergence of new educated generations in Cairo, they learned that this art must be practiced and developed by the understanding of Applied Arts concepts, which made them make new forms of Ouima with the sense of mass and characterized by their experience in the use of bold forms of nature motifs, Ghali from Sharkiya governorate is one of those artist who mastered this art of carving lemon wood  to produce wonderful popular brides represent all Egyptians in the daily life, characters like farmers, qahwaji, dancer, Termes seller, beans seller and the jar bearer, everything you can imagine from the Egyptian folklore He produces by his hands. he also trained a lot of young men forming a new generation of creative artist in this field.

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  • Siwa salt arts community

    From:Siwa Oasis

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    Some people may believe that the use of salt is limited to only food, others believe according to customs and traditions that salt protects against envy, but Issa Abdullah, from the oases of Siwa in Matrouh, discovered that salt has and other scientific benefits that are not known to others, that it help spread positive energy and absorbs negative energy that lie within any human. «One piece of rock salt in the bedroom removes from inside the negative energy and puts positive energy throughout the day, also cures many diseases», said Issa Abdullah Moussa, salt lamps maker, pointing out that this salt is different from food salt, and that he is a carpenter originally and that he worked in the craft of salt lamps assisted by all members of his family since 1997. «Issa» explained that when salt lamps are illuminated it produces steam which contains useful ions that purify the air from dust and bacteria and reduce the damage of exposure to magnetic field, and that exposure to these lamps light helps to cure many diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis and relieve insomnia, headaches, referring to that his work in the salt craft came coincidentally, when he was working in a hotel in Siwa as a carpenter. «Issa’s» lamps and candles of rock salt became famous all over the world, especially with tourists who were visiting «Siwa» which made him innovates in the salt industry in hotels in Siwa, Hurghada and other places, he said: «I made walls and full chambers with salt rock in some hotels, other than the salt lamps that spread throw the hotel, and that made Prince Charles, the British heir of the throne, and his wife Camilla, who visited one of the hotels in Siwa, speak very highly of my work in salt, which made me make a salt room in a hotel in Hurghada every gust sit there for couple of minutes a day to flush out the negative energy ». As for the stages of manufacturing, he said: «we bring the stones from a Lake called Dahabia Siwa, and extract rock salt blocks, then let it dry in the sun and solidifies then we cut it to small pieces that can be formed later», pointing out that the single piece takes an hour or more, and that they produces 10 pieces a day if it was a big size lamp and if it’s a small piece they produce 50 pieces a day

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  • Amna Ali-sheikh shazly village

    From:Wadi El-Gimal National Park

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    Amna Ali, a young girl from the Red Sea from the village of Sheikh shazly in southern eastern desert, from her childhood she owned a distinctive artistic talent that encouraged her to invest in her talent with drawings to enrich her community heritage of ababda tribe. Her artistic works reflect the details of folkloric life of the village of Sheikh shazly and ababda tribe heritage where desert, natural environment and distinctive culture of ababda people there. in cooperation with Yadaweya, many exhibitions for exposuring her work has been held in Cairo and red sea for more encouragement for her talent and support this wonderful documentary art. Discover more arts and heritage with Amna's art works.

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  • Reem Shaheen

    From:zaweya and daher

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    On the contrary of most fashion designers who seek to quote from the world design trends, Reem Shaheen, Egyptian fashion designer, took the idea of ​​diving in the folkolorik style to provide suitable customs from Egyptian culture. She takes from the Egyptian rich heritage that contains variety of different forms to produce and develop modern fashion fit for everyday life. She graduated from the faculty of Home Economics Department of garments, in addition to receiving a diploma in Folk Art from the Higher Institute of Arts. She says that when she began to work the concept of fashion design was not prevalent as it is now, which motivated her to study the trend first, and on the other hand, to work in the factories to be study the production process and gain experience to enable her to open her own business, which started as a fashion design for kids. she said "I could see that we have a very rich heritage. It is a treasure we must strive to make it presence in our lives". Shaheen began to implement her designs on limited scale until she study the pulse of the market and see how it will be accepted. «I've worked with some specialists, allowing me the opportunity to visit a lot of rich heritage places such as Siwa, El-Arish and Sinai, and it was, of course, a big influence on me, and implemented deeper in my designs, both in the designs or motifs. also I started working with beduouin women in embroidery, which gives the final product quality and outstanding in addition to diversity. cause every place has its own style and technic» Reem said. She also said "motifs in Arish (north-east) are more geometric and floral forms, embroidered with all the colors, while the embroidery in the oases like Siwa (west of Cairo) vary its forms and have specific colors like yellow, red, green, orange and black. In an area like Akhmim (South) units vary by location because it quotes from the surrounding environment and reflected even in things other than clothing, such as carpets or paintings. We find that the rural environment depends on the plants units, birds and forms reflect the nature of the countryside, while the desert environment based on shapes such as camels and palm trees. This confirms that the local environment is reflected on everything including, of course, clothes and designs." Reem has trained a lot of workers in the field of handicrafts to be developed through the use of the motifs in different shapes and colors and was able in a short period to have a network of relationships with artisans in Siwa, El-Arish, Fayoum, Luxor and Sohag. " Reem Shaheen Fashion House" is the dream that she wants to achieve, which carries a development institution aiming to develop handicrafts and trying to improve the taste of Egyptians in middle and upper class, especially after she noticed that the Egyptians did not know much about their heritage at a time when foreigners accept to buy clothes carrying the heritage character.

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  • Tiltawein Siwa

    From:Siwa Oasis

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    Salma Mohamed (28 years old) owns and runs a workshop in the Oasis of Siwa with her husband, she designs and executes traditional silver Siwa Jewelry , and she takes advantage of her interactions with the market outside of the Oasis to market and sell Jewelry from other workshops in exchange for a percentage of the revenue. Salma has obtained her high school diploma in the oasis, and due to the distance she could not finish her higher educations; as the nearest collage to Siwa was 350 Kilometers away in Marsa Matrouh. She joined the open education system in the Collage of Science, Cairo University despite that it was more than 6000 Kilometers away, as her father's "open mind and civilization" helped her ease the process and join the Collage for exams.  "Education in the Oasis ends at high school, and many girls don't obtain a higher degree than that because of the distance, I was lucky having a father that didn't kill the curiosity of discovering world outside the Oasis in me" she said . "Tiltaween" meaning the "The Ladies of Siwa" in Tamazight, is the name Salma chose for her Facebook page where she markets her products. Tiltaween is a social movement by the ladies of the oasis founded by Salma and a group of ladies aiming to develop the market for local products (i.e Handicrafts by women domestic workers and agricultural products) and expand the sales of these products beyond the oasis, opening new markets both nationally and internationally. And under that name and in collaboration with "Yadaweya" - a leading company in the support of handicrafts and artisans, Salma is participating in different exhibitions in various cities of Egypt.

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  • qasr pottery

    From:Dakhla Oases

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    The pottery industry is one of the traditional occupations known in the new valley governorate since ancient times, and frequently visited by tourists from all over the world for the acquisition of those artistic handicrafts. The most popular area for making these craft is Kharga Oasis Village and the "Islamic palace center", where the famous factory of pottery is located in this village which so named "Al fahkhora" because it is a great center for the pottery industry and its products. The history of pottery and porcelain industry in the oasis known back from the Romanian or Pharaonic era and it still a main industry there made by the people of the Oasis, and that because the importance of pottery products in the daily requirements of their life and we can see it in cooking and drinking  bowls and preservation plates of grain wheat and barley and other foods. Also this industry was known since ancient Egyptians on the land of the oasis, where a lot of pottery bowls was found in the Pharaonic and Roman tombs  confirms that the Egyptian man was and still practicing this craft. The pottery as a traditional handicrafts took the interest of the people of that region since ancient time, despite that the oases community is originally an agricultural society always depends on local raw materials that help in agriculture operations and eliminate its daily needs. Which also gave the raw material to this industry to thrive.

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  • fayoum basket community

    From:Fayoum

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    From the inside of the "Eilam village" in Fayoum governorate flourishing the industries of palm straw, the workmanship inherited by the people of the village from parents and grandparents when a group of people from Aswan traveled to the village  to visit their relatives there and they brought with them some straw products that have raised the interest of the people of the village to start working in this craft and know its methods And its secrets. the artisans there started to develop this craft to be unique in its own form from the other products from different places in Egypt. Those who are interested in this craft can clearly find the difference of Fayoum straw products from any other products throughout the governorates, whether from Aswan or Siwa or oases. The difference of Fayoum leaf products lies in the color of the palm paper itself, which is characterized by a unique whiteness. It is also different in the way the leaves are held together to form a solid structure that forms several products of boxes and dishes.

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  • matrouh hawaya rugs

    From:Matrouh & Almain

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    In the villages of Matrouh Governorate, home of beautiful nature and landscapes, on one side of the Mediterranean coast, a small village famous for "Hawaya Kilim" made by the village women. The industry of Bedouin kilim and wool blankets is considered one of the most prominent handicraft industry in the desert of Marsa Matruh province, made from sheepskin wool and brightly colored camel trimmers, knitted in vertical and horizontal lines. There is about 1,000 women in various villages of the governorate works in this handicraft, especially Sidi Barani city center, which is famous for making "Hawaya kilim" and other handicraft industries. One piece of Hawaya kilim takes about 3 to 4 ladies to produce within 6 months a piece of kilim measures about 3 to 4 meters, characterized by attractive colors and fine workmanship.

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  • Bashandy Oasis Kilim

    From:Qena & Ballas

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    There is no illiteracy in the village and there is no unemployment. what gave that village its name was an Indian shekh, who was famous of his Islam and lived among the people, and called himself Pasha Hindi and to his strong belives in the islamic relesion made The people call his name on the village, and then turned to become Benchendi. The idea began more than 30 years ago, When the locals proposed the establishment of a charity assosiation in 1977, each citizen must pay 5 piasters a month as fixed capital, until the amount reached 120 pounds, but now it reached 7 million pounds. The assosiation is called the assosiation of development Society. The most important project in the village is the establishment of the unique klim and carpets project. The raw wool is purchased from the animal wools producers. Finally, it is manufactured in the form of carpets, kilims and blankets. The tourists love it for the use of natural raw materials in addition to its low prices and the accuracy of its manufacturing stages. It accommodates hundreds of young people to work, resulting in eliminating the unemployment problem completely and providing non-traditional and non-governmental employment opportunities for the village locals and neighboring villages.

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  • Darb el Arbian village

    From:Paris Oasis

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    Darb el-Arbaeen area south of Paris Oasis is one of the remote areas of Egypt, which consists of 6 villages that were established as part of a project to develop new places next to the Nile Valley to alleviate the overcrowding of the population on the Nile Valley. The project, which was issued for more than 30 years by President Gamal Abdel Nasser, is one of the most important steps towards the reconstruction of the desert, but the methods of development and reconstruction there are going through difficult stages from the first moment in the project. Despite the continuation of these conditions, the people of the villages of Darb al-Arbaeen were able to make many handicrafts, which represent them a source of livelihood and document the heritage of grandparents. The people of the village excelled in the production of handmade klim in a way that reflects their culture of heritage and represents a product represent a basics piece of the house in the village. We can see the beauty of the colors and the use of wool from goats gives many advantages to the kilim of darb el-arbaeen village.

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