Egypt has one of the longest histories of any country, tracing its heritage along the Nile Delta back to the 6th–4th millennia BCE. Ancient Egypt saw some of the earliest developments of writing, agriculture, urbanization, organized religion and central government. This cultural heritage is an integral part of its national identity, which reflects its unique transcontinental location being simultaneously Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African.

Modern Egypt dates back to 1922, when it gained independence from the British Empire, first as a monarchy, and later a republic. During the century since then, Egypt has endured social and religious strife and political instability. It continues to face challenges, from political unrest, to terrorism and economic underdevelopment. 

Here at Village Goods, the items you may find reflect both this rich heritage and current challenges. The beautiful glass ornaments reflect an artform that dates back to at least the 3rd century AD, while other items help support a mutually beneficial relationship between refugee artisans and their Egyptian hosts.