Festival of Quilts 2015


Hosam Al Farouk and Tarek Al Safty - or rather, the 'Tent Makers of Cairowill again be displaying their skills in the ancient art of needle-turned applique at this year's Festival of Quilts. Amongst the festival's 300+ exhibitors, the Tent Makers of Cairo are not to be missed. Hosam and Tarek are referred to as 'The Tent Makers of Cairo' following their appearance in Kim Beamish's documentary of the same name. The documentary follows them and other tentmakers through the political unrest that followed the end of president Mubarak's rule in early 2011. The ancient art of Egyptian tent hangings has been practised since the time of the Pharaohs and not only make for and effective and intimate focal point for the film but are an art form that has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated.                         If you're at all interested in patchwork and quilting then do not hesitate to visit the friendly and inclusive Festival of Quilts. Along with all of the exhibitors and workshops, Selvedge will have its own stand and we'd be delighted if you came to see us. 6th - 9th August NEC, Birmingham, England See the Tentmakers of Cairo featured in the upcoming India 66 issue of Selvedge.  

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  • Diane says on

    I have just returned from the Festival of Quilts. It was a pleasure to view so much interesting and stimulating work from around the world. The show is till on tomorrow (Sunday) for anyone who has time and interest. It is a treat.

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