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How One Of The Last Dye Houses In Egypt Keeps Ancient Hand Dyeing Alive | Still Standing

[Applause] soaking yarn by hand is the ancient method this dye house has been using for over a century it’s one of the last in egypt a country long known for its textile industry has been the one keeping the vats full and the fires burning since 1975. even as industrial competition and the global pandemic have threatened his livelihood we first visited the workshop in 2019 and came back to see how it’s weathering the pandemic through it all one man’s love for the craft has kept this tradition still standing by prepping the yarn he separates the white threads into sections then his sons mix dye with water that’s just the right temperature the hotter the water the brighter the color it takes two people to dunk the yarn into the 40 year old stone basin and drag it through the die once the threads are completely saturated it’s time to ring them out using a spinning machine at about 15 years old it’s the only modern piece of equipment in the workshop after a few minutes the yarn is hung out to dry on the roof of the workshop for about two hours then it’s packaged and shipped to customers all over the world foreign it’s a family operation that often involves solomon’s 12 children and many of his more than 40 grandchildren has tried out a handful of professions and he even served in the military for nine years before settling on dying now he’s been running the die house for 45 years great to call the hagerman today business has been slower than usual since the spread of coven 19. but it doesn’t stop solemna from putting in the work hell of diversity like in russia [Music] the workshop small scale operation has made it hard to keep up with mass manufacturers most textile dying in egypt and around the world today happens at larger industrial scale factories about 70 miles west of solomo’s workshop chinese investors announced in 2019 the construction of what would be one of the largest textile zones in the country the kova 19 pandemic has slowed the project but once in full swing investors expected to bring in more than 8.5 billion dollars a year meanwhile solemn’s sales have been dropping for more than a decade they fell nearly 60 percent in 2011 after the arab spring protests rocked the egyptian economy today fuel prices are still too high for solemn’s margins so he cuts costs by using wood instead of gasoline to make fire and heat his dive ats though it might be more physically taxing he takes pride in this traditional method [Music] techniques are what keep many of his customers but his regular clients that usually put in orders every month have dropped off to every two or three months since the start of the pandemic still salima is determined to keep this business alive for as long as he possibly can [Music] he you
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