KHAYAMIYA: KHEDIVAL TO CONTEMPORARY – THE EGYPTIAN TENTMAKERS
Dr Sam Bowker, key organizer of the ‘ILM: Science, Religion, and Art in Islam conference, is the curator of Khayamiya: Khedival to Contemporary – The Egyptian Tentmakers, a new exhibition on show at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
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.
The exhibition opened on 2 October 2015 and will close on 31 January 2016.
For more information on the exhibition and visiting the museum see the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia’s website: