“We had to work on our first collection so I chose some Egyptian household objects and I wanted to study and modernise them,” says a student
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Where normally throngs of tourists stock up on souvenirs, the shopkeepers now sit quietly among their merchandise.
Wekalet El-Ghoury in old Islamic Cairo is hosting a traditional craft festival until 6 June
Old Cairo craftsmen keep old working practices alive, but challenges arise from the global market.
Silver traders depend on Egyptian customers these days, unlike before the revolution when the whole trade was built on tourism
The copper business has a long history in Egypt. At the time when plastic and stainless steel were unheard of, almost everything in houses was made of copper. From the frames of beds, to coffee tables, kitchen utensils, lamps, and even incense-holders, copper was the predominant metal to be found in almost all Egyptian households.
Rachel Adams enjoys the rich cultural mix of the city’s sights
Knickknacks that were once trendy and are now beautifully antiquated artefacts, are littered around the haphazardly-arranged rooms, and yellowed newspaper clippings document El Fishawy’s meteoric rise to superstardom.