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Siwa Oasis Community
Siwa Oasis Community

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 ofBerber 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.[citation needed]

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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