Aswan

Aswan

Egypt

Aswan belongs to the Nile Valley and Delta eco-zone. The fertile soil of the Nile Valley and Delta nurture an enormous amount of fruits and vegetables. Specifically, the palm tree is a very important part of life in the Nubian village. It’s not only a part of the environment, it’s also become the center around which family and community relationships are formed. The planting of the palm trees, the collecting and dividing of the dates, and the subsequent use of these dates became the nexus around which many family relationships were forged.

Nubian women lead a rather conservative life and yet are known to be strong women who have often had to take over many of the household tasks traditionally reserved for men. Most Nubian men have to work far from home either in Cairo of some of the Arab Gulf countries, so the women have had to assume responsibility for the household by generating income, farming and caring for children. These responsibilities have strengthened Nubian women and have provided them with a renewed sense of empowerment. The women work on crafts-making inside their own homes.