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Atharna x Brownbook

Our collaboration with Brownbook enables us to dive deeper into the worlds of heritage, craft and culture and present you with a range of archive and exclusive features to broaden your  knowledge and open your perspective to the great diversity of the Middle East. 

The Atharna x Brownbook collaboration emerged from a place of shared ideals and the belief  that a new narrative needs to be told about the culture and heritage of the Middle East. We are so honoured to work with people who embody the same values as we do and hope that you find the fruit of our collaboration as insightful and interesting as we do.

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Egypt’s Gypsum Trade

Once crafting masks for mummies, today, the gypsum workers of Egypt make stuccos for homes and mosques.

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Nawl Weaving in Lebanon

Thread by thread, fine abayas and decorative wall hangings are still made by weavers in Lebanon’s historical silk village

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The Last Bookbinders of Cairo

Four Egyptian brothers turn new pages in a proud family tradition.

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The Hassoun Copper Artisans

In a workshop in North Lebanon overlooking the Mediterranean sea, this family of artisans hammer out intricate copper designs by hand

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Silk Weaving in Egypt

In a village in southern Egypt, a new generation of artisans weave threads of the past into shawls.

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Palestinian Embroidery

In Lebanon’s refugee camps, embroidery artisans stitch stories made in Palestine.

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