We wanted to spread the word about our friends at Nazla Pottery. Not only are they keeping the traditions of the ancient Egyptians alive, they are helping promote their crafts to a modern audience.
You can find pottery paradise in the village of Nazla, Fayoum, Egypt. In 2006, it was included on the Fayoum ecotourism map because of its environmental, natural and geological importance.
Nazla village is one of three pottery production sites at Fayoum and is located in the embrace of Nazla Valley, a site of outstanding intangible cultural heritage importance as it is one of the rare Egyptian sites which produces terracotta pottery from Nile silt using Ancient Egyptian techniques. The site inspired classic Egyptian movies like Nightingale’s Prayer; Post Officer, as well as the classic epic poem Al-Sirah Al-Hilallia, which amplifies the site experience
For over ten years forty families – each family comprising 4-6 persons – have worked in pottery production at Nazla. They inherited the trade from their ancestors who have passed down the craft for generations. Currently, only twelve families are keeping up with this time honoured tradition.Because of the historical and cultural significance of the area, Fayoum is home to an annual pottery festival, the Tunis Pottery Festival. Nazla Potters are planning to be part of the special festival that takes place annually on the 28, 29, and 30th of November in coordination with the Fayoum Tourism Authority.
You can find out more information on Nazla’s website. The revamped site includes information about the various development projects happening in Nazla including the developing potters skills program, the Nazla pottery festival, Potters information, site geology and a pottery gallery.
You can find out more information and keep up to date with everything about Nazla Potters on their site, drop them an e-mail, ‘like’ them on Facebook, follow them on twitter and watch their videos on youtube