Cairo's Khayamiya Not Yet History, But For How Long?

"Amm" Salah and vanishing Khayamiya trade (Abu-Fadil)

"Amm" Salah and vanishing Khayamiya trade (Abu-Fadil)

I recently found out Amm (Uncle) Salah, Cairo's famous tentmaker artisan, died some years ago, and that his daughter Mona carried on the tradition privately from her home until she moved away to Abu Dhabi.

It gave me a sinking feeling that another handicraft in Egypt was biting the dust due to unrest in the country, a suffering tourism industry, and decades-long competition from the Indian subcontinent.

 

Read more of this Huffington Post article by Magda Abu-Fadil here >>