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Nagada (or Naqada) is a prehistoric village on the left bank of the river Nile of Egypt 20 km north of Luxor. Artisans in this village have been weaving on the same type of looms that have been used since Pharaonic times, with weaving estimated to have started in Egypt around 4000 B.C. if not earlier. This traditional craft of weaving has been handed down from one generation to the other for thousands of years. Weavers usually work on these wooden horizontal looms on the ground in front of their modest rural homes. During much of the 20th century these...

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