Glass Butterfly Ornament: Turquoise
Beautifully handcrafted out of pyrex (borosilicate) glass in Cairo, Egypt, this butterfly makes an adorable decoration year-round.
There are many depictions of butterflies in the Chrysler Museum of Art's permanent collection.
- Fair Trade Certified
- Handmade in Cairo, Egypt
- Approximately 2.56 × 2.17 inches (6.5 × 5.5 cm)
- Comes with metal hook for hanging
Dandarah is a woman-owned social enterprise that aims to support artisans and sustain traditional crafts by offering unique ethically sourced handmade fashion accessories and home décor products.
We work directly with economically and socially marginalized artisans in Egypt, mostly women and minorities, to improve their economic and social conditions by providing sustainable income and access to international markets.
We work with our artisans on promoting the use of natural materials and sustainable processes such as recycling and up-cycling.
All our products are designed to be functional, while preserving artisans’ traditional techniques. Each piece tells the unique story of people, lands and traditions.
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Among its numerous ancient crafts, Egypt has a long history with glassmaking. Archeologists have recently found evidence that Egyptians were making glass in large specialized facilities as far back as the reign of Akhenaten in the 14th century BCE.
Glassmakers heated and crushed the raw materials and the glass was then colored and heated inside specialized crucibles to form ingots, round solid disks, that were later reworked into decorative objects. Glass blowing as a technique is estimated to have developed in the 1st century BCE. This process is depicted in colorful wall paintings in Beni Hassa, an ancient Egyptian cemetery.
Today, this centuries-old tradition is still practiced in its original form by few Egyptian craftsmen, as the craft was passed from father to son.
Dandarah partners with master glass blowers in the historic center of Cairo to ensure this age-old craft is preserved and those glass masterpieces are enjoyed beyond Egypt.