- Our Mission: Celebrating Craftsmanship and Supporting Artisans -
At Dandarah, we aim to empower artisans and sustain traditional crafts by offering unique ethically sourced
handmade products that tell a story of people, lands and traditions.
We invite you to experience the Dandarah products crafted with care,
and to become part of this story of empowerment to artisans and their crafts.
- Our Story -
The story of Dandarah started many years ago on the banks of the Nile river. As my sister and I were growing up in a multicultural household in Heliopolis (a neighborhood of Cairo with some beautiful architecture), our parents awakened in us a love for art and Egyptian crafts in all its forms. Among the things we learned to appreciate the most about art was how it's often rooted in the culture of the artists and tells the stories of the people and the land that inspire them. Egypt was an excellent learning ground for us because of the wealth and diversity of the art and craftsmanship present in that country. We learned to love the stories told by the art creations of some renowned artists like the architects Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef, and the sculptors Mahmoud Mokhtar and Hassan Heshmat.
As well as by unknown artists and craftsmen who live in humble surroundings in Egyptian inner cities, rural villages or oases.
The idea for Dandarah and our interest in launching a social enterprise was born when we moved to Canada some years ago. It was born from a desire to share beautifully handcrafted products beyond the boundaries of their home country and to empower artisans and sustain their age-old crafts.
- Meaning of Dandarah -
Dandarah (or Dendera) is an agricultural town on the west bank of the Nile River, in the south of Egypt.
This town is home to one of the best preserved temples of pharaonic Egypt. It was dedicated to the goddess Hathor who was usually depicted as a woman with the head of a cow and ears of a cow, or simply in the form of a cow. Hathor was the goddess of the sky, of women, of beauty, and of fertility and love. She was strongly connected with motherhood.
The town of Dandarah is also situated in proximity to other Egyptian towns and villages, such as Nagada, Akhmim and Hagaza. These rural towns are major centers for artisans of different traditional crafts including, hand weaving of fabrics and carpets, tapestry, pottery, and woodworking.