Khayamiya

Ahmed Naguib

Ahmed Naguib

A recent MetaFilter thread introduced me to Khayamiya, the art of Egyptian applique, as practiced by the Tentmakers of Cairo.

Restored tent at Doddington Hall

Restored tent at Doddington Hall

Once used to decorate the interiors of the tents of nobles, the famed Tentmakers now create smaller applique works, selling them on the Chariah-el- Khayamia in Cairo. There are less than a hundred men now practicing this magnificent craft.

Kim Beamish has made a documentary about the Tentmakers, though judging from the trailer, it seems to focus on the political situation rather than the art itself.

This video from a quilter convention has great information:

In 2012-13, two Tentmakers travelled to several quilting exhibitions in the US, bringing 95 works.

El Farouk, Arabesque and lotus w blue background

El Farouk, Arabesque and lotus w blue background

Luckily for us, they have an Etsy shop where you can buy some of their beautiful work. Other sources for the art are Arkan Gallery, and eBay seller Collectorbooks.

 

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