Monday, April 13

The Tentmakers of Cairo

"Their work combines sophisticated skills with craft techniques that have been refined over many generations. Using only a needle, thimble, and large pair of tailor’s scissors, these skilled artisans flip, fold and stitch fabric with virtuoso precision. Khayamiya originates from architecture, but resembles the historic development of quilts. The Tentmakers use a vast array of colours in their work. The careful use of colour combinations is one of the most important elements of their designs. During the Khedival period (1867-1914), the Tentmakers used cottons dyed by hand in shades of red, white and blue, as well as recycled fabrics. Their designs have changed dramatically over the last two centuries, drawing from a wide range of sources across the history of Islamic visual culture. Khayamiya is an important feature of Egyptian public and private life. Decorated tents are used as backdrops and venues for weddings, funerals, feasts and many other celebrations. ..."
The Tentmakers of Cairo: The History
The Tentmakers of Cairo
The Tentmakers of Cairo: The Trailer (Video)
W - Khayamiya
Aramco World
The Tentmakers of Cairo: Documenting a Dying Craft
YouTube: Tentmaker in Cairo