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Nana replied on Fri, Oct 12 2012 1:49 PM

Thea these are all absolutely amazing.   Thanks for sharing.

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Thea replied on Fri, Oct 12 2012 2:44 PM

I have about 30 more pictures in this group but am going to try and limit it as there are so many quilts to show you... but I don't want you to miss out on any so am going to put just one of each design...

 

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Thea replied on Fri, Oct 12 2012 2:53 PM

 

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gini replied on Fri, Oct 12 2012 3:41 PM

Thea, these are beautiful,  thanks for sharing

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Thea, These are describable!

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Joni replied on Fri, Oct 12 2012 6:24 PM

Thea were all these by one person?  or a Tentmaker's exhibit!   Just amazing

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These are beautiful and amazing. Were they done by hand or machine I wonder?. Thanks for sharing.

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Thea replied on Fri, Oct 12 2012 6:35 PM

Joni - 

Ancient Egyptian Tentmaking Displayed in New Exhibit

‘Stitch Like an Egyptian: Tentmakers of Cairo’ is a new exhibit showcasing the intricate, ancient art of Egyptian tentmaking. Brought to the U.S. by the American Quilter’s Society, the project hopes to “make the world aware of the beautiful yet shrinking art,” according to the DigitalJournal.com. The exhibit’s curator is Jenny Bowker, an international textile artist.

Modern technology has pushed the art to the side as machines and computers are built to replace manual labor and hand-made items. Unique designs are thus copied and resold by businesses around the world. The American Quilter’s Society has taken action to increase interest and appreciation of these traditional appliques.

Bonnie Browning, Executive Show Director for AQS, explained: “We began a three-continent collaboration to make arrangements for ‘Stitch Like an Egyptian: Tentmakers of Cairo’ to debut at the AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids.”

The exhibit’s artists include Hosam Hanafy Ahmed Mahmoud and Tarek Abdelhay Hafez Abouelenin, who will be on hand to explain and demonstrate their technique. The tentmakers are from Khan Khayamiya, the market of the trade in Old Islamic Cairo. Their skills and techniques have been passed down through many generations. In fact, “There were tents found in Pharaonic tombs from 2,000 B.C… There are pictures in the Rameses panels are Abu Simbel of tents lined up,” said curator Jenny Bowker.

 

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Kris replied on Fri, Oct 12 2012 6:51 PM

Thea,

thanks for the photos. I saw the video a while back and was fascinated at how they make these pieces.

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Patti replied on Fri, Oct 12 2012 8:27 PM

amazing.

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Mz M replied on Sun, Oct 14 2012 10:15 AM

Thank you for sharing these pic! They are truly amazing!!

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