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Khayamiya: Khedival to Contemporary

21 Feb - 12 Apr 2015

Khayamiya is Egyptian tentmaker appliqué, a rare and spectacular Islamic art form rarely seen beyond Egypt. This stunning exhibition, curated by Dr Sam Bowker, is the world’s first exhibition to reveal the story of the Egyptian tentmakers from the late Ottoman Empire to present-day Cairo.

For hundreds of years, Egyptian tentmakers designed and made hand-sewn appliqué screens called ‘Khayamiya’. These intricate artworks adorned the spectacular tents of the Ottoman Empire and the Egyptian Khedives.

In Cairo today, magnificent screens still form colourful backdrops for street parties, weddings, Ramadan celebrations, political rallies, funerals and religious events. Sadly, these screens are now made of cheap printed fabrics that imitate real Khayamiya appliqué. The historic handmade art of the tentmakers now faces extinction.

Entry Cost (AUD): Free
Event Venue: LibraryMuseum
Cnr Swift & Kiewa Street, Albury 2640
Website: http://www.visitalburywodonga.com/event/khayamiya-khedival-to-contemporary
Contact: Jessica Sevil
Telephone: 1300 252 879
Email: jsevil@alburycity.nsw.gov.au


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