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Khayamiya: A History of the Egyptian Tent Makers

Wed 26 June at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


With needles, scissors and thimbles, the Tentmakers of Cairo sew spectacular walls of colour. These khayamiya appliques are used to decorate the streets of Egypt, transforming public spaces into vibrant ceremonial pavilions. They inspired the paper cut-outs of Henri Matisse, were collected as souvenirs by the ANZACs, and are now an endangered art form in Egypt. It is now valued by those who appreciate skilled hands, living heritage, and dazzling colour. This presentation features unpublished archival photographs and actual textiles to showcase the transformations in khayamiya over the past 150 years. Displaying the history of the Tentmakers of Cairo is one way to sustain their future, and it gives Australians a rare opportunity to see Egypt’s most exhilarating form of street art. This lecture reflects on how a new field in art history can emerge from small pieces sewn together.

Dr Sam Bowker is the Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Charles Sturt University. Beyond developing Australia’s leading ‘Islamic art and design’ subject for university students, he has curated diverse international exhibitions and published widely on the history of khayamiya (Egyptian tentmaker applique).


Wed 26 June
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Local government area
Visual arts, Other
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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

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