Egyptian village revives Papyrus as tourism returns
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Egyptian village revives Papyrus as tourism returns

[Sharqiya, Egypt] Mona Azazy, like many children in her village, grew up watching her mother holding sticks of papyrus plant, cutting it into slices and preparing it for a series of industrial phases that finally result in printed papers called papyri. Although Azazy has completed her vocational secondary school education , she still chose her mother’s profession, like most young men and women from El-Karamous village, in the Sharqiya governorate of Egypt’s Nile Delta. “This is the only profession we know. We go to school and even university, but we are still convinced that our livelihoods revolve around papyrus,” “This is the only profession we know,” she explains. “We go to school and even university, but we are still convinced that our livelihoods revolve around papyrus.” Papyrus is an African herbaceous plant, belonging to the Cyperaceae family. It develops into its final shape when it grows into long stems, similar to sugar cane or reeds submerged in water. Papyrus is originally a Greek word, derived from the Egyptian word ‘papuro’, meaning ‘royal’ or ‘that of the Pharo’, as the government used to possess the land and control papyrus production. Grown by the Nile, it was used by ancient Egyptians […]

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