The Building Crafts of Cairo
A Living Tradition
By (author) Agnieszka Dobrowolska
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Building Crafts of Cairo by Agnieszka Dobrowolska
Book DescriptionThanks in large part to nineteenth-century texts such as Edward William Lane's "Description of Egypt" and the "Description de l'Egypte" compiled by Napoleon's savants, contemporary researchers have a remarkable understanding of the ways in which ordinary Egyptians practiced their crafts and trades in earlier times. Many of these traditional arts and crafts - such as stonemasonry, marble work, blacksmithing, glassblowing, carpentry, wood turning, inlay work, and gilding - still survive today, although they are rapidly disappearing. As profound social and economic change continue to reshape Egypt, a rich tradition of skills, tools, specialized vocabularies, and social and spatial patterns associated with these crafts - once thought to be immutable - may vanish forever. With lively prose, painstaking research, and lavish illustration, "The Building Crafts of Cairo" succeeds in capturing these endangered ways of life and work before it is too late. Agnieszka Dobrowolska is the director of a joint project between the European Union and Cairo's Netherlands-Flemish Institute dedicated to documenting Cairo's traditional crafts. Moreover, for the past eleven years, she has worked hands-on as a conservation architect in Cairo, relying on local skills, techniques, and materials in the course of her projects, and coming into daily contact with craftsmen and artisans - visiting them in their workshops, observing their methods, and employing their crafts for practical purposes. The result is a record that is at once intimate, unexpected, and expertly observed, and a book that will appeal to both scholars and lay audiences.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774249426
(241mm x 165mm x 10mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: Egypt
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Author Biography - Agnieszka Dobrowolska
Agnieszka Dobrowolska is a conservation architect who has worked on many archaeological and conservation sites in Egypt, and directed a number of architectural conservation projects in Historic Cairo for the American Research Center in Egypt. She is the author of Muhammad Ali Pasha and His Sabil (AUC Press 2004).
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