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Posts Tagged ‘Egyptian Tentmakers’

Colored Hair Everywhere

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

quilt tattoos.

At Road 2017, the trend was definitely colored hair.

Kerri owns the Painted Lady Quilt Shop in Redlands, California. She came to Road 2017 with her friend Terri who works at the shop. Kerri has always dyed her hair but when she became widowed 3 years ago, she stopped. Two days before Road began, Kerri decided to start dying her hair again.  Aysheh (with the orange hair) and Valerie (with the purple hair) are friends from Riverside, California.  They belong to the Inland Empire Quilt Guild and volunteer at Road with the white glove program, carefully showing the winning the quilts to the guests. On being a white glove lady, Valerie says she “loves being close to the quilts, meeting and talking to people, and getting a free registration.” Aysheh likes the variety Road offers, like having the Tentmakers from Egypt.   Dani from Lancaster, California has been quilting for four years. She quilts to “take a break” from being a full-time mom and law student. Dani has been coloring her hair since she was 11. Road 2017 was Dani’s first time at the show. She came with her mother and her sons. What was Dani’s first impression?  “It is good.” Brand new quilter, Gina, from West Covina, California, has made several quilts and bags. She was hoping to get ideas for her next quilt at Road 2017. Gina came with the other quilters in her family: her sister, mother, and her sister’s mother-in-law. Even her dad, Alexander, came along. He likes to give his opinions on fabric choices and helps find the latest tools. Everyone is welcomed at Road where artistic expression is valued and supported.  ]]>

Egyptian Ancient Craft Is Returning To Road

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Stitch Like An Egyptian. Guests were fascinated at watching the men demonstrate their version of appliqueing – a dying art form that has survived centuries of Egyptian history, being found in Pharaohs’ tombs. Originally, this type of artwork used to line tents or screens covered in appliqué that could decorate a whole street. The brilliantly colored appliqué are still used today for ceremonial purposes at weddings, funerals, henna parties, or Ramadan celebrations.

Egyptian Exhibit

Hosam is a tentmaker through and through. An attorney by profession, Tarek is not practicing currently so that he can focus entirely on his tentmaker work. They will be in Ontario, California for the full week during Road 2017. In addition to their show duties, Tarek and Malik enjoy shopping at the Ontario Mills shopping mall and visiting a local Egyptian market and mosque. Most of all, they love interacting with Road’s guests.

Photo courtesy AQS

Photo courtesy AQS

At Road 2017, Hosam and Tarek will not only be demonstrating their ancient craft and culture on the vendor floor at the front of the main hall, but will also be assisting their good friend, interpreter and Road faculty member Jenny Bowker.  Students  will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to learn along side Tarek and Hosam  during Jenny’s three separate Tentmaker Appliqué classes that she is teaching on Monday        (1001R), Tuesday (2001R), and Wednesday (3002R).

And exclusive to Road 2017 attendees, Hosam and Tarek will have available close to 100 pieces of their ancient artwork to purchase, ranging from $100 to $1,500.

Having these tentmakers at Road 2017 is one way to help preserve their ancient art and culture. This intricate craft has been facing struggles, as machines try to replace hand-made items and unscrupulous businesses copy and sell their unique designs. Road hopes to bring attention to the beautiful yet shrinking art of the few remaining tentmakers who continue to practice their trade.