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Fustat Pottery Village Complete After 15-Year Pause

The Fustat Pottery Village project first began back in 2005, but was halted for 15 years until it was restarted by the state.

Egypt has inaugurated the Fustat Pottery Village, the largest hub for traditional pottery-making in the country. Located in Old Cairo, the district aims to revive one of Egypt’s oldest handicrafts with 152 workshops. The Fustat Pottery Village project first began back in 2005, but was halted for 15 years until it was restarted by the state.


After a comprehensive redevelopment process, the workshops have been renovated and connected with water, electricity, natural gas, and sewage utilities. Currently, the governorate of Cairo is working on replacing the traditional clay ovens with natural gas alternatives.


A two-day exhibition was held in celebration of its completion, which displayed the products made by the village’s craftsmen. The exhibit also included a children’s pavilion, which worked to introduce the craft to youth. As for the village’s artisans, the project will help them market their products locally and internationally, with the Egyptian government managing the district.