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Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre
History and Background

Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre is the home of a unique experiment in creative weaving that has produced tapestries admired and collected by museums and galleries around the world. The life work of its’ founder Ramses Wissa Wassef was dedicated to realizing the innate creativity of ordinary young Egyptian villagers.

Our concern is the weavers’ individual potentials, since modern society more than ever promotes impersonal and interchangeable talent which conforms to a certain set of norms.

Although the centre has expanded since its first days in 1952, the same spirit and philosophy remains alive. The project has transformed the lives of the villagers, bringing prosperity, education, better health, self-respect and satisfaction to all and high status to the women.

One part of the garden is entirely devoted to planting vegetable dyes. Ramses intended to revive the use of natural dyes. Once or twice a year the weavers will dye their own wool.

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