Book Launch – The Tentmakers of Cairo

Wagga Wagga City Library |

Monday 9 December – 5.30pm-7.00pm

Local author Sam Bowker, lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture for Charles Sturt University, visits the Wagga Library to launch his book ‘The Tentmakers of Cairo: Egypt’s Medieval and Modern Appliqué Craft’. Co-authored with Seif El Rashidi, this book presents a fascinating study and history of one of Egypt’s traditional crafts, the appliqué work known as khayamiya.

Drawing on historical literature, interviews with tentmakers, and analysis of khayamiya from around the world, the authors reveal the stories of this unique and spectacular Egyptian textile art. Peter Alford Andrews, leading scholar of Central Asian Tents, describes ‘The Tentmakers of Cairo’ as “written in an easy, colloquial, entertaining and discursive style which, while providing a wide range of information, should appeal not only to academic readers, but to the lively interest in the craft that has recently been fostered in the west”.

Sam Bowker is an expert in his field, having published on the subject since 2012 and curated an important exhibition on khayamiya for the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia in 2015-16. This book launch promises to be an engrossing evening out for anyone interested in Egypt, craft, Islamic art, art history or social histories from the Middle East.

Wine and nibbles will be provided. Book sales available on the night.


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