Search is on for Saudi Arabia’s next Coco Chanel

Search is on for Saudi Arabia’s next Coco Chanel
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Updated 06 December 2020

Search is on for Saudi Arabia’s next Coco Chanel

Search is on for Saudi Arabia’s next Coco Chanel
  • New fashion incubation program aims to identify and promote unique Saudi design talent

JEDDAH:  The next Coco Chanel or Gianni Versace could be Saudi — and the hunt is on to find them.

A fashion incubation program launched by the Ministry of Culture aims to uncover and promote local designers and entrepreneurs.

It begins with a three-day “fashion hackathon” in which participants will be asked to solve specific fashion-related challenges. The prize is a five-day trip to Milan Fashion Week.

The second phase is a “boot camp” — a five-day virtual event focused on fashion and entrepreneurship that will help participants to develop their ideas, network, and receive advice from professionals.

The third phase is a longer-term incubator providing participants with the guidance and support necessary to “establish foundations and help them strengthen their product,” the ministry said.

Established Saudi designers have welcomed the program.

“Challenges arise in every field but for designers, one of the biggest challenges is networking, understanding how to become trendsetters instead of followers,” said Abou Al-Faraj, who launched her own fashion venture 15 years ago and is known for her unique and distinct vest designs.

Without the proper knowledge and guidance, up-and-coming designers tended to lose their way, she said.

“The Saudi market is open and loves to adopt new styles and trends, and the people are ready. My advice to new designers is to do what they are satisfied with and not do something just because it’s successful for the sake of success in the market. Being unique and tapping into their artistic side is what they need to focus on to go far.”


Egyptian mission finds remains of Roman fort in Aswan

Egyptian mission finds remains of Roman fort in Aswan
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Egyptian mission finds remains of Roman fort in Aswan

Egyptian mission finds remains of Roman fort in Aswan
  • Archaeologists discovered the remnants of a Roman fort, including part of a church from the early Coptic period, and a temple from the Ptolemaic dynasty
  • A sandstone panel was unearthed, with images of the temple entrance, a man in the form of a Roman emperor, and palm leave engravings

CAIRO: The Egyptian archaeological mission working at the Shiha Fort site in the Aswan Governorate has discovered the remnants of a Roman fort, including part of a church from the early Coptic period, and a temple from the Ptolemaic dynasty.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the mission discovered a group of architectural elements of the Ptolemaic temple inside the fort as well as an incomplete sandstone panel, with pictures of the model of the temple entrance, a man in the form of a Roman emperor, and four sandstone blocks engraved with palm leaves.

The mission also found a clay vase and part of a red-brick vault dating back to the Coptic era.

“The mission has completed the work of uncovering the remains of the monastery and the church, and there are indications they were built on the ruins of a fort. German archaeologist Hermann Junker was able to uncover part of it between 1920 and 1922. That mission revealed the extension of the remnants of a mud-brick wall surrounding the Shiha church from the western side,” Mohamed Abdel-Badi, head of the Central Department of Antiquities of Upper Egypt, said.

During excavations, Abdel-Badi expected to find the remains of a marina. “The area was a quarry for cutting stones during the Ptolemaic period and, naturally, there was a marina that was used to transport these stones to build forts and temples,” he said.

He explained that work is still underway to uncover the remains of the fort.