Pharaonic Design Wall Hanging by Gamal Kolthona, Tentmakers of Cairo (Egypt)
Maker Gamal Kolthona. Khayamiya Wall hanging. Pharaonic Design. Contemporary Khayamiya are the descendents of the ornate needle-turned appliqué panels and tent linings that have been stitched in Cairo since the middle of the nineteenth century. Large scale decorated tent making ended in the early 1970's and, since then, the stitchers have focused on developing their craft into an art form aimed at the interior design market. There are now about 18 tentmakers based in the Street of the Tentmakers (Chariah El-Khiamiah) in the old Islamic part of Cairo. The street dates from the seventeenth century and is the only covered street left in this part of Cairo. Needle-turned appliqué as a technique can be traced back to Pharaonic times. The tradition of the ruling elite using highly decorated tents as a practical solution to the need for a 'moveable palace' as they went around their realm and as a vehicle to project their power and status dates back more than one thousand years. The roots of khayamiya design can be found in the great Islamic art forms of geometry and calligraphy, both of which are used to great effect. Inspiration for contemporary work is drawn from architecture, the Pharaonic legacy of Egypt, well known stories and everyday images of Cairo, with the Tentmakers quickly responding to the changing demands of the market place, as reflected both in the design and the choice of colourway for their works of art.
(Width x length, cms) 186 x 95
Hand appliqué, takes four weeks of work by one stitcher. Commercially woven and dyed Egyptian cotton. Commercially woven tent canvas. Cotton thread.
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