Weaving at Wissa Wassef

One of the weavers at The Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Harrania, a village near the Giza pyramids.

There, Ramses Wissa Wassef, architect, designer, potter and weaver, set up a tapestry workshop for the local village children. With neither formal education nor artistic training the children of Harrania were to play a vital role in his ongoing experiment…

To begin with, all the weaving had to be done without the aid of any sketch or design. Even the most complicated pieces, which took many months to complete, arose from impressions of everyday life and were improvised on the loom.

It amazes me, the weaving of such beautiful tapestries without a sketch first!