Just putting the final things together to leave for Cairo with enough time to post an important link and appeal ….
For more than a decade I have had the privilege of visiting the Street of the Tentmakers in Cairo then returning home to teach classes and promote their work and its history in lectures and talks. You can imagine that an important textile tradition that is heavily dependent on tourism has taken a huge blow since the events of two years ago. As a result, the skills and traditions of this profession may disappear within our lifetime – a chilling thought. This year, there is a glimmer of hope – Australian film-maker Kim Beamish is gathering information and financial support for a documentary film about the Street, the Tentmakers themselves, their influence and importance. You can find more information about the project, and how you can help, wherever you are, at http://pozible.com or http://www.chareh-elkhiamiah.com/
Here are just a few random pictures for flavour –
This really is a situation where every little helps – I plan on contributing by buying and also by supporting the fundraising for the film, and will report back on my return.