"Cornfields by the Canal" by Mahrous Abdou

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WSG 13 
Mr. Mahrous Abdou 
b. 1964 
#140- Cornfields by the Canal- 2012 
1.9 x 1.1 m 
75 x 41  inches 
Wool Tapestry 

Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, Giza, Egypt

Mahrous captures the peaceful morning along the canals among the cornfields.  Egypt is the 14th largest producer of corn in the world.  

Read about artist Mahrous Abdou
Corn in Egypt
Corn was introduced in Egypt in the nineteenth century for consumption by by both humans and animals. After the completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1964, corn production rose 40%.  The dam enabled irrigation enabled the planting of corn during May or June instead of July or August. The new timing afforded the crop cooler temperatures and escape from the summer corn borer. 

Each wall tapestry hand-woven at the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre near Sakkara Road in Harrania, Egypt is a uniquely imagined weaving of folk art by local Egyptian artists. The large wool tapestries and intimate cotton tapestries depict village life, local gardens and natural environments of the Nile River.  All dyes are produced from plants grown in Wissa Wassef gardens and each tapestry is treated with a permanent anti-moth solution. Since the founding of the tapestry studios in 1953, the beautiful wall hangings have been known as Ramses Wissa Wassef Tapestries and exhibited in museums world-wide under titles that include Harrinia Tapestries and Egyptian Landscapes.  All the RWWAC tapestries are shipped with certificates of authenticity as unique works of art by individual artists. 
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