Handcrafted Heritage

Creative Egypt Advocates Culture and Design

Al-Amir Mohamed Mohssen, Project Manager for Creative Egypt says, “We are coming to NY NOW – August 2016 as one entity “Creative Egypt” with one collective pavilion of Egyptian Handicrafts , Creative Egypt is the first registered trade mark of Egyptian handicrafts, and our stand is representing our brand “Creative Egypt” (stand No. 1170 at Artisan Resource section), Creative Egypt booth is combining a collection of creative handmade products representing a huge network of leading Egyptian designers, artisans, entrepreneurs & creative clusters from all over Egypt.”

Their product line includes handmade rugs, glass, pottery, textiles, brilliantly detailed Egyptian embroidery and alabaster stone products, accessories, and wooden handicrafts. Each product from their line marries thousands of years of artisanship and emerging civilization with modern desires and convenience. They represent over 4,000 artisans and craftsmen, contributing to the sustainable development of culture while promoting the latest in fashion and emerging Egyptian design. Creative Egypt culls their artists and entrepreneurs from twenty-eight creative clusters and ten governorates. Their vision and mission honors tradition and their continued drive to expand in both the domestic and international markets.

Pottery often mirrors the advancement of any civilization. Egyptian pottery began chronicling the birth of a nation in prehistoric times in the Delta and Nile valleys. During the “Fatimid” era, the industry thrived and was cultivated during later eras in Egypt’s long and storied history. Black, red, and white mud of high quality hails from the Fayoum and Qena regions. Craftsmen steep the rich mud in water, where it firms before they mold it. Sun and air dry it before it goes into furnaces, set by heat into its final shape. Each piece is then decorated by hand or cast in molds.

Egypt’s glass industry goes back thousands of years to ancient times. The glass blowing process evolved in countries like Syria, Iraq, and Iran, meeting the need for both decorative purposes such as perfume and everyday items such as medicine storage and lighting. “The glass blowing takes place by using a rod holding parts of the vessel, in addition to using wooden blocks to form molten glass on the ball before blowing it,” Mohssen says. “The blown glass industry has evolved to include different shapes such as symmetrical and floral.”

Akhmim, a city renowned for its textiles, is known to historians as the land of civilizations. The city is situated in the Sohag Governorate of Upper Egypt. It understands the importance of cultural growth and integration, having been rebuilt seven times throughout Pharaonic, Greek, Romanian, Coptic, and Islamic history. It lends this beauty in diversity and distinction to handcrafted and embroidered bedspreads and sheets, as well as many other unequivocal and exquisite textiles.

Each product in Creative Egypt’s line honors a tradition of harmony through cultural integration and sustainable development.

Creative Egypt will be exhibiting at NY NOW’s Artisan Resource at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from August 21st through August 24th.

For more information about Creative Egypt, please visit www.creativeegypt.org.

 

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