Kheyameya, or ‘Egyptian tentmaking’, is a type of appliqué textile historically used to decorate tents across the Middle East. Traditionally, these hangings were painstakingly hand-stitched by master craftsmen, and displayed lining the interiors of ceremonial tents; today, the process of their creation has largely been mechanised, with few Kheyameya artists still creating hangings by hand. The volatile political situation in Egypt, and particularly Cairo, has kept much of the original tourist market away, and many of the remaining artisans1 are struggling.
Rotate Editions invited us to create three designs for a collaboration with two Egyptian Kheyameya artists. Inspiration came from aerial and satellite imagery of the pyramid complex at Giza2 – an unexpected and contemporary perspective on an ancient monument.