Kiliim is an Egyptian social enterprise and lifestyle brand that aims to revive and sustain local, Egyptian crafts and their communities by introducing modern designs to time-honored techniques.
Their manufacturing is currently in Fowa, a small village situated along the lush Nile Delta. Their craftsmen come from a long line of kilim artisans who consider the craft as part of their heritage. Decades ago, Fowa used to be home to over 2,000 kilim weaving workshops, however, when they first visited back in 2016, there were less than 200. When the craft was at the brink of extinction from Egypt’s cultural heritage, they thought to rethink the value chain in hopes to bring the craft into the 21st century so it can stand a chance at sustaining a future.
Their impact has proven successful since their launch in 2016 as they have been able to partner with almost 40 artisans, providing them and their families with stable incomes that are 50% higher than the industry average in environments and conditions compliant with World Fair Trade Organization guidelines. As they grow, they aim to expand their network of artisans and explore more crafts from all around Egypt.
Kiliim, we admire you for honoring these faithful traditions by keeping them alive. Sometimes, a new thing is not the answer but a redemption of the old.