There’s currently a fundraising campaign to support the maker of a full length documentary on the tentmakers and their craft. The purpose is to broaden the knowledge of this work within and outside of Egypt. Since leaving Egypt, Jenny herself has taken collections of the tentmakers work usually accompanied by one or two of the craftsmen themselves, to quilt, textile and fibre art exhibitions and galleries in Australia, UK, europe and north america. Textile lovers have become enthusiastic fans and collectors – but a documentary dvd will be another valuable tool in publicising this wonderful traditional textile art. With the political instability of the past couple of years these people are hurting more than ever as tourists stay away from Egypt. But nothing stays the same for ever, and it is hoped that as conditions improve, more people will know in advance of one place they really should visit when in Cairo.
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