(Pre-) Modern Middle East and North Africa

(Pre-) Modern Middle East and North Africa

During the twentieth century, a major influence on Egyptian decorative needlework was the work of Habib Gorgi and his son-in-law, the architect Ramses Wissa Wassef. Both believed that children were (and are) endowed with creative powers and potential that should be encouraged. In 1951, Wissa Wassef established the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, near the Giza pyramids.

The town of Zabid lies to the south of Bayt al-Faqih, along pilgrimage and trade routes across the coastal Tihamah plain, about 50 km south of al-Hudaydah and 150 km southwest of the Yemeni capital of Sana`a. Traditionally, women from the Zabid region have worn two styles of embroidered dresses: daily and festive versions.

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