Beadwork

Beadwork

Sinai and Aswan

The women from Sinai have long been distinguished for their beaded art, traditionally used as self adornment and a means of enabling the community to recognize their social and marital status from afar and thus behaving correctly according to strict customs. Today their dazzling beadwork beautifies Markaz

one-of-a-kind purses, bags, scarves and accessories creating a mix of ethnic authenticity, contemporary design and timeless, global fun. Markaz is committed to fair trade practices and supporting and promoting local Egyptian artisans and craftspeople. Our team travels regularly to cultivate a close relationship with our artisans and to gain inspiration for our continually evolving designs.

Beadwork is the skill of joining beads together through a thread to make useful and / or decorative items. Historically, stones, precious or semi-precious were used. Today imported glass or plastic beads are in use. Beading embellishes and decorates fabrics by sewing different beads to the cloth to create a decorative pattern. Beading may be used to complement crafts which are created using various other skills such as embroidery and weaving. By using different sizes, colors, and textures of beads, intricate and unique designs are created to decorate everything from clothing to cloth furnishings such as pillows and bedcovers. There are an infinite number of ways in which different kinds of beads can be put together to create traditional designs which reflect the culture from which they originated. Historically, various cultures have employed the skill of beading to decorate cloth and the skill itself dates back to almost 5,000 years.