The Papyrus Gang / إحنا بتوع البردي

By Abla elBahrawy

Illustrated by Egyptian (comics)artists:
Mostafa Youssef
Hani Mahfouz,
Migo & Makhlouf

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Have you ever wondered why papyrus paper was produced only in Egypt? Since the invention of a secret method to create it from the papyrus plant almost 4,000 years ago, and since its use as a material for writing, its production remained solely Egyptian. After it was totally taken over by the newly invented and more economic Chinese paper, papyrus paper production stopped. The plant completely disappeared from Egypt afterwards. Then how and why is papyrus paper being produced today, while the plant itself became extinct in the country tens of centuries ago?

This book will take you, the reader, on an adventure to uncover the secrets of Egyptian papyrus today. The narrative is based on the author’s personal search for answers. It describes her journey based on absurd real-life anecdotes, populated with intriguing characters. Each of the five chapters is illustrated in a different style by a talented Egyptian illustrator or comics artist, developed to best represent the story and at the same time comment on it.


Author: Abla elBahrawy
Publisher: Khatt Books, Amsterdam 2021
ISBN: 9789490939243
Edition:144 p, ills. colour, 17 x 24 cm, Hardback, English & Arabic
Price: €15,00

Can be ordered online via the Khatt Books website