Halfway Through the Thread exhibition, a showcase of contemporary Egyptian textiles, will open on 3 April at Cairo's Darb 1718.
Highlighting the importance of textiles in all cultures and societies around the world, the exhibition will feature a selection of works by 17 Egyptian female artists, or businesses and organisations involved in textiles and based in Egypt.
Some participants were invited, while others were selected from an open call. They include: Abeer Fawzy, Amany Mahmoud, Amen Masr, Esraa Seif El-Deen, Farah Khaled Abdelhamid, Julie de Pierrepont, Kilim, Mai Ateia Abdelhamid, Mhanny Yaoud, Miral Mokhtar, Monica Attalla, Noura Tawfik, Rama Hedar, Riham Saif, Samia Elsheikh, Walaa Metwaly and Yostina Attala.
Special collections from Fair Trade Egypt and Ebdaa Men Masr (Creativity from Egypt) will also be featured.
The exhibition focuses on contemporary textile techniques and practice, as opposed to historical Coptic and Pharaonic styles.
According to the exhibition's description, the showcase reveals how textiles are “inherently gendered,” and regarded as a feminine occupation, rendering “its status as a craft: traditional, undervalued, practical and not art.”
“We hope to survey the diverse techniques and materials used in Egypt that are included under the umbrella of textiles. There will be no distinction between art and craft in this exhibition,” the event's description reads.
Monday 3 April to 15 May. Open daily from 11am to 8pm
Darb 1718, Kasr El-Shamaa St., Old Cairo
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