"The Tentmakers of Cairo Exhibit - Stitch Like An Eqyptian" had 95 quilts displayed and two of the artists were on site actually doing their applique stitching. Men are usually the artists, working by themselves or in tentmaker shops. The designs are often geometric and revolve outward around a center. The patterns are taken from medieval Mosque floors and other decorations, scenes found in tombs of the Pharaos and antique calligraphy. Originally these hangings were meant to decorate interior tent walls. A plain canvas backing and multiple layers of applique on a colored cotton background add to the weight of each piece.
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