Where to Find Handmade Egyptian Products in Cairo

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Where to Find Handmade Egyptian Products in Cairo

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There are some more mentioned in the comments that follow. Maybe you can add even more.

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I’m a bit jaundiced about Egyptian buys/take homes, so many are made in china/synthetic products, too bulky/breakable/difficult to pack or not well designed.

From memory there are a few craft shops around Luxor. Others might be a help with more details. Garagos: http://1001-nights.posthaven.com/ an ‘unusual’ blog.

The research I did on the Zabbaleen/garbage collectors of Cairo post gave be a few contacts but I can’t personally vouch. I’ve yet to finish that post on the Zabbaleen – so should pull a finger out.

You can buy the Zabbaleen products on line or from international retailers and Egyptian shops listed in their website: http://www.ape.org.eg/WhereToBuy.html. There seem to be a few problems with their website. Handloom rugs & bags, patchwork quilts and handmade paper products such as greetings cards.
http://www.zabbaleen.com/?page_id=33 https://www.facebook.com/zabbaleen. Marc Jacob the designer has been to their slum and stocks some of their products.

You might also try Wady Craftshop Zamalek – crafts by disadvantaged groups http://www.cairo360.com/article/shoppin ... good-cause. And https://www.facebook.com/WadyCraftShop/

Tukal Crafts Zamalek which supports Sudanese refugees: http://www.micah6-8.org.uk/micah-projec ... ul-crafts/

Fair Trade Egypt, Zamalek https://www.yellowpages.com.eg/en/profi ... ypt/416445 a charming article on Zamalek by a university student that lives in their building has nothing bad to say about them: http://cairobserver.com/post/1423127734 ... of-zamalek

Here are some other leads: http://www.resurgence.org/magazine/arti ... aving.html

There is a traditional craft center at Foustat/Fustat at 1 El Emam St., Beside Amr Ibn El Aas Mosque El Fustat

The government’s suggestions: http://www.travelstart.com.eg/blog/15-p ... nirs-from/

The Aga Khan Trust has a very full list of all types active in craft and design work in Cairo and Alex – although I think some of them might be modernistic and high end: http://www.formingideas.co.uk/content/i ... ctor-egypt

A very recent AUC book on crafts in Egypt: http://www.aucpress.com/p-5446-the-trad ... egypt.aspx

Copper artisans: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2012/09/0 ... -artisans/
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Thanks Hafiz! It's difficult to avoid the foreign-made crap anywhere in the world, Oz included.

A fair-trade handicrafts shop in Luxor that supports local artisans, especially female ones, is Habiba, co-incidentally owned by an Aussie lady and her Egy husband. It is in Andrawes Pasha St, a side street of the souk opposite the entrance to Luxor Temple. Nearly all my souvenirs and gifts came from there recently.

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It's a lovely shop, with things you can't find anywhere else in Luxor. I'm not sure if it is still open but the same lady has a shop in Karnak, not far from the Hilton.
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I think it's closed.
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I love Habibi, and never manage a visit to Luxor without buying something there! As I type I can see a beautiful little bowl from Fayoum, that I bought in 2013 - I love it!
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Went in there the other day and found a lovely little bag only problem is I rarely get "dressed up" so don't know when I will use it. :lol:
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carrie wrote:found a lovely little bag only problem is I rarely get "dressed up" so don't know when I will use it. :lol:
:roll: Carrie! A girl does not need more excuses to dress up and party than a new bag. Why do you think I have so many? :a37:
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