Damietta received on Friday two delegations from the Fitzwilliam Museum of the University of Cambridge in England, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The visit was a part of the Egyptian-Danish Dialogue Initiative, the first edition of which was launched last year with the aim of exchanging expertise in the design and manufacture of furniture between Egypt and Denmark.
While the English visitors included Egyptologists who have conducted research and studies to identify ways to manufacture wooden Pharaonic coffins and methods of “wood interlock” to identify the ingenuity of ancient Egyptians in the furniture industry.
The English delegation will conduct art museum events in public places in Damietta (pop-up museum) to promote the ancient Egyptian culture.
It is one of the museum’s activities carried out within the project of the study of ancient Egyptian coffins by the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge since 2014. It aims to reveal the manufacturing techniques and inscriptions used by ancient Egyptian coffin makers, through a series of studies and research and advanced technologies such as CT and X-rays.
Amr Orensa, Director of Design Department of Pinocchio Furniture, one of the participants in the initiative, said that the main objective of this initiative is to exchange experiences with different countries of the world, whether England or Denmark in the field of furniture industry.
Orensa pointed out that the Danish delegation will manufacture furniture in factories of Damietta, along with Egyptian workers. It will organise an exhibition on 6 December to show their products, stressing that the exhibition is not for profit as much as the exchange of cultures between Egypt and Denmark.