Skilled Egyptian artisans and traditional craftsmanship continue to weave the vast tapestry that constitutes the country’s intangible heritage. The handicraft sector has the potential to become a major source of income and contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. However, a decrease in local demand has fueled fears that these ancient crafts are disappearing, especially with the reluctance of the younger generation to learn the trade. Continuing its mission to preserve and revive this treasured tradition, the Egyptian government has allocated EGP 200 million from the Tahya Misr Fund to develop and boost the handicrafts sector.
Despite a number of opportunities arising in Egypt thanks to the global demand for traditional products, artisans still face various challenges and obstacles that threaten their survival. Today’s artisans suffer from a lack of equipment, funds and an inability to meet global standards.
From arabesque textiles and furniture to decorative sconces and crochet to copper, silver and alabaster, Egyptian craftsmanship brings to life centuries-old techniques passed down for centuries. This step will not only help integrate the informal and formal state economy, but will also bring Egyptian products to the global market.