07 March, 2013

Nadim furniture factory

...and so much more!
What a treat to get to visit this place.

I expected a small furniture making business
and found instead a large factory

where workers are not yet
 replaced by machinery.

Workers with years and years of practice
in the art of traditional, 
beautiful hand-carving and inlay wood work.

Today, 350 workers total, a bit down from 2008
when the same factory had over 900 employees.
My guess is that the revolution
might be to blame, but I do not know for sure...

This man works on a tiny piece of wood,
this again will be cut into even smaller pieces.

See the small piece between the finger tips?
This piece will be joined with yet other pieces
to make this intricate Mashrabiya latticework. 

Just fabulous work!

They build chairs and tables, screens etc.
with to most intricate details...

Nadim factory also contribute to the protection of
a special embroidery technique called Tally,
traditionally practiced by women from
 from Upper Egypt (south).
This by extending the usage to furniture accessories, 
like pillows and pictures.

They also contribute to teach the art
to younger females
in order to keep the tradition "alive".

This is a special kind of embroidery
using metal threads on solid color fabric or net material.
A technique that dates back to the 18th century.
Beautiful work!

And in Cairo you will find cats everywhere,
this place is no exception!

Have a nice day,
hope you enjoy the trip!

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