Through Habiba Gallery regional handcrafts are being revived.
Working outside the home is unusual for women, especially the unskilled and illiterate. Beadwork and embroidery feature strongly in a range of handbags and purses. Colour motif and design reflect local traditions.
An old tradition of the Islamic areas is beaten metalwork of brass and copper. Habiba Gallery has a large range of islamic and bedouin designs reflected in lamps and jewellery.
As Habiba Gallery is based in Luxor, the outlet is encouraging the craft workers of nearby villages to produce items where assistance can be given in design, fabric and marketing.