Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah

You might have seen the traditional applique work done by tentmakers in Cairo, either on Jenny Bowker's blog, or increasingly at quilting exhibitions. The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah website was launched just yesterday, primarily to promote the production of a documentary on these talented and fascinating artisans.

The journey starts in a run down, noisy, dusty ancient souk, or market, in Old Islamic Cairo. It examines the recent changes which have had to be made in a street of exclusively male stitchers, textile workers, practicing a 900 year old tradition in almost the exact same manner as it was plied centuries ago.
A collection of their work is currently being shipped to the US for exhibition and sale at various American Quilt Society events throughout 2013.

The Facebook page for the film, is another way to follow its progress, and to see regular posts of photos of the street in Old Cairo, and the breathtakingly beautiful work produced there.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you all for this great post and I really hope that we are going to make our supporter goal. We are over half way there and have have reached just a fraction over half of the supporters we are trying to get.

    So if you are keen to support the documentary on the Tentmakers of Cairo please visit and pledge.

    Kim Beamish
    Producer/ Director
    The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah