The art of 'Khoos' sustains this Egyptian village

This is the intricate craft of ‘Khoos’

It involves weaving palm fronds into bags, boxes, and baskets

Kamela Ahmed first learnt the craft when she was a young child

Location: Fayoum, Egypt

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BUSINESS OWNER, KAMELA AHMED, SAYING:

"My great grandparents did this job, the making of Khoos (bags made out of palm fronds). I learnt it at the age of six. I taught myself and taught my siblings, and I taught my neighbors then I taught the village. Those from the girls who would finish school, would come and learn this. The whole village learnt it and is working with Mrs. Kamela. I learnt it at the age of six, and now I am 67 years old, God almighty."

Ahmed has turned her skill into a business that sustains her entire village

They now export products to Arab and European countries

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KHOOS WORKER AND STUDENT OF KAMELA AHMED, SABAH QARNI, SAYING:

"I like this job. We now export and the whole village works in this field. Thank God, it brings good income. I will never stop."

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