Contribution of Egyptian Handicrafts: Confirming Cultural Identity and Reinforcing the Dialogue among Civilizations

By Mona Hussein.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Folk art is considered the link between modernity and heritage and it is one of the means of finding values that Man has formulated throughout history. It can also be a way of identifying the characteristics of each community as well as being a tool of expressing humans’ feelings towards love, beauty and welfare. In addition, Folk art is associated with pure thoughts and conscience of people as it expresses the cultural identity that has been accumulating throughout the years. The researcher presents some works of art that speak for themselves and demonstrate the concept of being a message of friendship, love and peace. The handicrafts presented in this paper are models made of clay and ceramics mingled with a combination of natural and synthetic leather, colored beads, and wood. In addition to using various techniques that show the beauty of such materials that are put together in an artistic way that reflects the Egyptian identity and would need no specific language to explain. Folk handicrafts are, therefore, the optimum example for non-verbal communication as they are the link between the old and the new, and they give an insight into the characteristic features of every society.

Keywords: Art, Handicrafts, Heritage, Civilizations, Cultures

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.992MB).

Dr. Mona Hussein

Associate Professor, Department of Art Education, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Professor Mona Mohamed Ibrahim Hussein is an Egyptian artist and author. She was born in 1962. She earned her Master’s degree in 1995 and her PhD in 2001 from Alexandria University. She is currently teaching bachelor degree programs together with Master’s degree program at Alexandria University. She is an academic advisor who supervises different Master’s and PhD thesises. She participated in twenty five exhibitions and held six solo exhibitions in different cities in Egypt and other Arab countries. She wrote about thirteen research papers and participated in almost seventeen workshops in Egypt. She also received seventeen certificates of honor for her extraordinary contribution in the different artistic fields.


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