Egyptian Tentmakers Exhibition

Dr Sam Bowker, partner organizer of the ‘ILM: Science, Religion, and Art in Islam conference, had the great honour of curating Khayamiya: Khedival to Contemporary – The Egyptian Tentmakers, an exhibition that showed at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur from 2 October 2015 to 31 January 2016.

Khayamiya, derived from the Arabic Khayam (Tent), is the Egyptian art of tent-making. It is created using a hand-appliqué technique in which fabric pieces are cut, folded and skilfully hand-sewn to canvas, producing impressive tents and wall hangings. These vibrant textiles are widely used in ceremonial contexts such as weddings, funerals, street parties and religious events.

For more information on the exhibition and visiting the museum see the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia’s website: