An exhibition of Egyptian tapestries has been drawing large crowds to a West Berlin museum.?
An exhibition of Egyptian tapestries has been drawing large crowds to a West Berlin museum. The works, from the small village of Harrania near Cairo, show how people live along the River Nile. Harrania's tapestries are in great demand and the community, which once depended completely on farming, is now earning a large part of its income from handicrafts.
SYNOPSIS: The Egyptian Museum in West Berlin houses Germany's richest collection of ancient Egyptian art. The main attraction is the 2,000 year-old temple gate from Kalabsha. But, the latest exhibition is mainly the produce of children who have been born in the past 25 years.
The handwoven tapestries show life, in Harrania, a small village like many on the banks of the Nile.
In the 1950s, an Egyptian sculptor, Rames Wissa Wassef, began to teach the local children to weave and many of his students have now developed into respected artists.
Over the next year, the exhibition will travel to the West German cities of Essen, Stuttgart, Munich and Hildesheim. Already, thousands have visited the display in West Berlin.
The "Aquarium", one of the works by 12-year-old Ali Selim is now one of Harrania's leading artists.
Shehata Hamza's "The Land Along the Nile".
One of Mr Wassef's early pupils, Leila Ashri, wove this tapestry of rice fields near her home.
Some 40 tapestries are on display and visitors can follows the remarkable progress of the pupils over a quarter of a century.