Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tentmakers of Cairo

 Jenny Bowker, Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Hosam EL Farouk - Paducah 2013
Photo by Kim Beamish

At the May 18th SAQA meeting, Sheila Frampton-Cooper generously shared  several quilts with us from her collection made by the Tentmakers of Cairo.  The Tentmakers' work is brightly colored needle turned appliqué traditionally used to line tents or screens, and it is usually men who make it.  The workmanship is exquisite.  Colors and patterns are awesome.

There has been a lot of buzz recently about the Tentmakers.  Australian artist Jenny Bowker learned about them while living in the middle east.  Since 2007, she has been working with the Tentmakers to help revitalize this dying art.   The American Quilter’s Society (AQS) has become the exclusive U.S. representative for sales of the works of all 18 shops known as The Tentmakers of Cairo.  A feature documentary is being made by Australian filmmaker, Kim Beamish.  Here is a teaser.  For more information please go to the Tentmaker Website.


  1. I got to see some of them here in Paducah! Just gorgeous!

    1. How fortunate you were, Rachel! They are so beautiful.

  2. Linda. Thanks for the post about the Tentmakers of Cairo and mentioning the documentary we are in production of. If anyone is interested in supporting the film or finding out more about 'The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah' please go to

    Thanks again.

    Kim Beamish
    The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah

    1. Happy to share this...thank you for your comments.


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