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Tally Motifs as a contemporary fashion in designing upholstery fabrics

Volume 11, Issue 1, April 2015, Pages 167–190

 Tally Motifs as a contemporary fashion in designing upholstery fabrics

Rania Elsayed1 and Sahar Ahmed2

1 Textile printing, Dyeing and Finishing Department, Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Egypt
2 Textile Printing, Dyeing and Finishing Department, Helwan University, College of Applied Arts, Cairo, Egypt

Original language: English

Copyright © 2015 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Tally is an art practiced by traditional women in Upper Egypt. The art is known as a special kind of embroidery, which uses metal threads on solid fabric or net material. It dates back to the 18th century. It has been used for occasion dresses and shawls. Special Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic motifs identify this art, in addition to motifs derived from the Egyptian folk heritage such as camel, palm tree, doll and the jockey, which has been formulated in various forms along with abstract geometric motifs, due to the global fashion trend towards the use of luxury fabrics, like studded and embroidered with golden and silver threads.
Therefore, the current research will focus on the use of Egyptian Tally motifs to innovate suitable designs for modern fashion of printed upholstery fabrics using metallic printing on organza fabric, It is a special printing process that produces a shiny design .It can be easily transferred on the fabric, with Foil stamping which is a print process applied of metallic foil, often gold or silver.

Author Keywords: Egyptian Tally art, Tally Motifs, Fashion in Upholstery Fabrics Trend, Metallic foil printing.

How to Cite this Article

Rania Elsayed and Sahar Ahmed, “Tally Motifs as a contemporary fashion in designing upholstery fabrics,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 167–190, April 2015.