All of the crafts sold at Markaz are made by local Egyptian artisans.
Most of the artisans are women, although some crafts are made by men. Sons and daughters observe and learn the craft from their parents ensuring skills stay alive from one generation to the next.
Design at Markaz is about artisans practicing their traditional skills the whole year around.
Generating regular income and passing the skill to their children. The tassel is a good example: how could a tassel be used for it to be regularly made! The guidance Markaz offers is in the choice of material, colour, patterns used, etc. The design team at Markaz includes a designer, design facilitator and technical personnel.
Markaz is a team of traditional craft lovers, started in 1999.
Founded by Mohammed Amin, a veteran of the Social Development Business, and Naela El Shishiny, the creative eye of the team. Our vision is to support the conservation and revival of Egyptian traditional crafts, through applying traditional skills to contemporary, useful daily products.
One Markaz product is often created with several crafts originating from different areas of Egypt.
Crafts include hand-woven cotton, linen and wool, basketry, embroidery, beading, tasselling, macramé, tatting, crochet, applique and leather work.Markaz brings these skills together to create one-of-a-kind products that are as unique as the places they come from.
We’re a social business managed by social entrepreneurs; a nationwide network of artisans and partners aiming to make a positive social impact.
Actively supporting the continuation of traditional craft skills in their different home environments across Egypt by:
- supplying raw materials plus guidance on quality standards and market trends
- providing an outlet for local artisans to sell their crafts to a wider consumer base
- generating income for a large number of artisans and their families across Egypt,
- ensuring that traditional craft skills are passed on from one generation to another.