Authentic craftsmanship. A heritage workshop for the production of wooden icons documenting the history of Egypt with puppets and puppets

In a workshop whose walls preserve the aroma and flavor of history, Uncle Ghaly’s equipment stands steadfast among hundreds of old buildings in the Abu Amer area in Zagazig, preserving memories of one of the oldest Egyptian crafts. As he grows older, he finds the spirit of youth that fills his heart with true love and joy. Once he comes to his small workshop in a popular area in Zagazig, the story of Uncle Ghaly’s struggle is enveloped by love and nostalgia for his craft which he happened to master, he excelled in and became a creative artist embodying all the classes of the popular region in which he was born and lived. In it through woodcuts decorated with the most beautiful and brightest colors, where he the farmer’s wife, the licorice seller, the lupine designed. vendor, the Ramadan canon, the stair keeper, the popular market, the popular joy and the fisherman. .

Uncle Ghaly told his story and said: “My name is Ghaly Ahmed Abdel Azim Ghaly, I was born in 1947 in the Mansha’at Abu Amer area in the fishing area in the city of Zagazig in the Sharkia governorate, and I have the most of the historical events in Egypt and was among the soldiers in the 1973 war, and I lived a period of love and sincerity among all the Egyptian people. She obtained a diploma in agriculture, then joined the Teachers’ Institute and joined the educational work.

Uncle Ghaly, the 75-year-old, recalled his story of making wooden dolls and said that his father was a painter with the degree of an artist for whom he had the talent to draw, and he was through some visit neighbors. makes drawings for them Agriculture in all his drawings, and like him I learned to draw through genetics, and I accidentally entered the field of making wooden dolls, when I was 15 years old, I was a student in the first grade of agriculture secondary , a student at the College of Fine Arts came to him and asked for his help in drawing a Russian bride as part of his graduation project, and he asked me to try to repeat. He drew it for an Egyptian character, so I thought about the Egyptian peasant woman, and he was very impressed with her, and after a while I tried to design the bride in a wooden frame. The view of the farmer’s wife and how can she keep her balance by wearing the zala on her head, and from here I started and learned to turn wood on a hand machine that I designed myself and it overcomes my love for the profession. 0 pieces for 25 pounds in the seventies, and the bride spread and became very popular.

Regarding the stages of making the bride, Uncle Ghaly explained that the production of any piece of wood goes through more than one stage. From his production, and designs each piece according to the model required of him, then he draws the drawings on each piece and then the coloring process, which is very important for the selection and coordination of each color according to the character he designs.

He explained: He has mastered the profession well for 60 years and considers it part of his body, and has produced more than 4,000 pieces of wooden dolls, and his small workshop has become a destination for fine arts students to learn professionally and to study the practical. aspect, how to learn color, how to choose the color and olive, and the type of wood material used.

Uncle Ghaly added: The biggest problem we are suffering from is the marketing of the product due to the greed and greed of some traders, who buy the product at a low price to sell it at a value more than 4 times its price, which causes the product to accumulate, and if they sell the brides at fair prices, the good will prevail for all and the turnout will increase. We need to produce better than to keep the product for a long time until they sell it because they raised its price excessively.


Uncle “Gali” could not pass his day without going to his little workshop and working in it, without anyone’s help, even though he had learned dozens of this art and each one who learned his own shirt, but he saw that his spirit in it comes again while working, he is creative in all the drawings. And during his work directed by education, he had clear fingerprints, as he was called a library artist for his work of illustrations and aesthetic paintings.

Uncle Ghaly concluded his speech by saying: What saddens him most about this traditional craft is the fear that it will die out, especially because those who are now skilled in it because they bring money and not for love of it are like the true craftsmen who love it and consider it as part of their bodies Halal, and called on the Ministry of Culture to pay attention to the owners of traditional crafts because it is part of Egypt’s heritage and should be documented through documentary programs.


Works of art

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tomato seller

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Works of art

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wooden dolls

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The Egyptian farmer

The Egyptian-agriculture-in-the-woodwork-(1)
The Egyptian-agriculture-in-the-woodwork-(1)

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His workshop – uncle – expensive – intended for – students – fine arts – to study – (4)

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Agricultural-Egyptian-in-the-woodworks-(2)

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Embodying-all-categories-of-Egyptian-society-in-the-woodwork-(4)

His workshop - uncle - expensive - intended for - students - fine arts - to study - (2)

His workshop – uncle – expensive – intended for – students – fine arts – to study – (2)

His workshop - uncle - expensive - intended for - students - fine arts - to study - (3)
His workshop – uncle – expensive – intended for – students – fine arts – to study – (3)

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60-year-old-uncle-abdul-azim-in-creativity-in-wood-drawings (2)

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