Threads of Life

For the past 60 years, the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre has been the setting of a unique experiment in creative weaving that has produced tapestries admired and collected by museums and galleries around the world. The life work of its founder, Ramses Wissa Wassef, was dedicated to realizing the innate creativity of ordinary young Egyptian children. Read the accompanying essay Threads of Life to learn more about the organization.

Essayist’s Biography

Suzanne Wissa Wassef was born in 1950, the elder daughter of Ramses and Sophie. She spent most of her childhood holidays at the Art Centre observing how the freedom given to young weavers resulted in building their self-confidence and allowed their creative power to develop. Weaving from the age of 8 to 16 she discovered the endless possibilities of the technique. Suzanne started the present second-generation weavers in 1972. She is also a stoneware ceramic designer, a passion she inherited from Ramses.