Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop
       
     
Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop
       
     
Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop
       
     
Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop
       
     
Views over al-Darb al-Ahmar
       
     
The Street of the Tentmakers - Share'a el Khayamiya
       
     
The Street of the Tentmakers - Share'a el Khayamiya
       
     
The Street of the Tentmakers - Share'a el Khayamiya
       
     
Women's jewellery training group
       
     
Women's jewellery training group
       
     
Mohammed Hani, lantern maker
       
     
Mohammed Hani, lantern maker
       
     
One of Mohammed Hani's sons at work on a lantern
       
     
Mohammed Hani, lantern maker
       
     
Mohammed Hani, lantern maker
       
     
Inside the al-Maridani Mosque
       
     
Afternoon tea
       
     
A cordwainer (shoe maker)
       
     
A carpenter's workshop
       
     
A carpenter at work
       
     
A carpenter at work
       
     
Umm Al-Sultan Sha'ban Madrasa and Mosque
       
     
Evening grooming
       
     
A bookbinder called Aslam
       
     
Layers of history
       
     
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop
       
     
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop
       
     
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop
       
     
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop
       
     
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop
       
     
The Khayrbak Mosque and Complex
       
     
Street life
       
     
Street life
       
     
Erk Sous (liquorice juice) vendor
       
     
Khaled Khalida's, mother of pearl and furniture workshop
       
     
Khaled Khalida's, mother of pearl and furniture workshop
       
     
Applying the finishing touches
       
     
An aish baladi (flatbread) bakery
       
     
Hesham Nawwar, sculptor and painter, in his studio
       
     
A local religious man
       
     
Keeping an appointment
       
     
Hasan's carpet workshop
       
     
Hassan's carpet workshop
       
     
An evening walk
       
     
The view toward the citadel
       
     
Artisans slate 2.jpg
       
     
Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop
       
     
Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop

Cotton skeins are dunked in black ink. Read Salama's story here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/R4uvGcUhNb2Ap/

Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop
       
     
Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop

Cotton skeins are dried in an industrial dryer

Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop
       
     
Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop

Cotton skeins are dried in an industrial dryer

Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop
       
     
Salama Mahmoud's dye workshop

The man himself - read his story here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/R4uvGcUhNb2Ap/

Views over al-Darb al-Ahmar
       
     
Views over al-Darb al-Ahmar

The view from the minart of the Amir Khyarbek Mausoleum across al-Darb al-Ahmar. The 'Blue Mosque' can be seen in the bottom right, recently restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

The Street of the Tentmakers - Share'a el Khayamiya
       
     
The Street of the Tentmakers - Share'a el Khayamiya

An artisan stitching a new design. Read Hasan's story here.

The Street of the Tentmakers - Share'a el Khayamiya
       
     
The Street of the Tentmakers - Share'a el Khayamiya

An artisan stitching a new design. For centuries Khayamiya artisans produced tents, cloths and saddles for those embarking on hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. The Sultan, sitting nearby on the ancient Fatimid gate, Bab Zuwaila, would watch the caravan depart in procession.

The Street of the Tentmakers - Share'a el Khayamiya
       
     
The Street of the Tentmakers - Share'a el Khayamiya

An artisan sketching out a new design. Read Hasan's story here.

Women's jewellery training group
       
     
Women's jewellery training group

Mezala, a social development organisation supported by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, works with marginalised women to train them with skills such as jewellery making and woodwork so that they can produce products and sell them to earn a living. Read Marwa's story here.

Women's jewellery training group
       
     
Women's jewellery training group

Mezala, a social development organisation supported by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, works with marginalised women to train them with skills such as jewellery making and woodwork so that they can produce products and sell them to earn a living. Read Marwa's story here.

Mohammed Hani, lantern maker
       
     
Mohammed Hani, lantern maker

Read Mohammed's story here.

Mohammed Hani, lantern maker
       
     
Mohammed Hani, lantern maker

“The children of the neighborhood are so interested. When they walk past, they ask questions, they want to learn. Doing this is better than education. For people working in this way, they can make something; they can feel it.” Read Mohammed's story here.

One of Mohammed Hani's sons at work on a lantern
       
     
One of Mohammed Hani's sons at work on a lantern

Tools of the trade. Read Mohammed's story here.

Mohammed Hani, lantern maker
       
     
Mohammed Hani, lantern maker

With some of his creations. Several hotels in Cairo and nearby mosques have commissioned pieces. Read Mohammed's story here.

Mohammed Hani, lantern maker
       
     
Mohammed Hani, lantern maker

Some of Mohammed's creations. Several hotels in Cairo and nearby mosques have commissioned pieces. Read Mohammed's story here.

Inside the al-Maridani Mosque
       
     
Inside the al-Maridani Mosque

The 14th Century al-Maridani mosque. Restoration work by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture is due to start later this year and will draw on local craftsmen. Both ancient Pharaonic and Roman columns can be seen here.

Afternoon tea
       
     
Afternoon tea
A cordwainer (shoe maker)
       
     
A cordwainer (shoe maker)
A carpenter's workshop
       
     
A carpenter's workshop
A carpenter at work
       
     
A carpenter at work
A carpenter at work
       
     
A carpenter at work
Umm Al-Sultan Sha'ban Madrasa and Mosque
       
     
Umm Al-Sultan Sha'ban Madrasa and Mosque

Restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture between 2003 and 2006

Evening grooming
       
     
Evening grooming
A bookbinder called Aslam
       
     
A bookbinder called Aslam

"It's hard work but I like it." Read Aslam's story here.

Layers of history
       
     
Layers of history
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop
       
     
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop

Cairo's most famous glassblower. Read Hodhod's story here.

Hodhod's glassblowing workshop
       
     
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop

One of Hodhod's sons at work. Read Hodhod's story here.

Hodhod's glassblowing workshop
       
     
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop

One of Hodhod's sons at work. Read Hodhod's story here.

Hodhod's glassblowing workshop
       
     
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop

Read Hodhod's story here.

Hodhod's glassblowing workshop
       
     
Hodhod's glassblowing workshop

Read Hodhod's story here.

The Khayrbak Mosque and Complex
       
     
The Khayrbak Mosque and Complex

When this mosque was restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture between 2002 and 2010 the glass used in the windows was produced by Hassan 'Hodhod's glassblowing workshop.

Street life
       
     
Street life
Street life
       
     
Street life
Erk Sous (liquorice juice) vendor
       
     
Erk Sous (liquorice juice) vendor
Khaled Khalida's, mother of pearl and furniture workshop
       
     
Khaled Khalida's, mother of pearl and furniture workshop

He is inlaying the furniture with mother-of-pearl arrnaged in geometric shapes. Read Khaled's story: https://spark.adobe.com/page/TwML1k3iCrEPz/

Khaled Khalida's, mother of pearl and furniture workshop
       
     
Khaled Khalida's, mother of pearl and furniture workshop

He is inlaying the furniture with mother-of-pearl arrnaged in geometric shapes. Read Khaled's story: https://spark.adobe.com/page/TwML1k3iCrEPz/

Applying the finishing touches
       
     
Applying the finishing touches

The decorative covering is made from thin strips of polyester. It is heated up and stuck to the wood. The mother of pearl comes from molluscs from Australia. The wood is mahogany and comes from Hungary. The source of designs are Islamic and Arabic patterns. They come from old Islamic books.

An aish baladi (flatbread) bakery
       
     
An aish baladi (flatbread) bakery
Hesham Nawwar, sculptor and painter, in his studio
       
     
Hesham Nawwar, sculptor and painter, in his studio

“I don’t like work. I like play”. Read Hesham's story here.

A local religious man
       
     
A local religious man
Keeping an appointment
       
     
Keeping an appointment
Hasan's carpet workshop
       
     
Hasan's carpet workshop

It takes two people working eight hours a day, six days a week, six months to produce a carpet this size. Read Hassan's story here.

Hassan's carpet workshop
       
     
Hassan's carpet workshop

Hassan reveals the part of the carpet that has been produced so far. Read Hassan's story here.

An evening walk
       
     
An evening walk
The view toward the citadel
       
     
The view toward the citadel

The view from the minart of the Amir Khyarbek Mausoleum across al-Darb al-Ahmar toward the citadel and the Muhammed Ali Mosque

Artisans slate 2.jpg