8 things you didn't know About The Tentmakers of Cairo

1. Kaaba in Mecca, The black tent that covers Islam's most sacred location used to be hand stitched by the men in Chareh el Khiamiah, the Tentmakers Street in Cairo, Egypt.

2.  Chareh el Khiamiah, the Tentmakers Street, used to be a motel of sorts for traders and merchants wanting to pass through the gates of Bab Zweila to make their way to the Khan el Kahlili markets.


3.  Bab Zuweila and Chareh el Khiamiah, the Tentmakers Street, date back to the Fatimid era of the 11th century.


4.  Up until only recently only men stitched these ornate Islamic designs due to the weight of what was previously sewn into leather.

5.  It is thought that 20 years ago there were more than 500 stitchers who worked in an around Chareh el Khiamiah, the Tentmakers Street, today there is less than 100.


6.  The stitching used in Tutankhamun’s robes were stitched using the exact same technique as that of the Tentmakers today.


7. Many of the designs stitched by the Tentmakers come from the same designer causing tension in the street as to who actually owns the design.

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8.  A Khiamiah piece celebrating the 25 January 2011 Egyptian revolution hangs today in Durham University in the United Kingdom.