Egypt Papyrus Institute

Egypt Papyrus Institute

Another place that we stopped at before visiting the Pyramids was the Egypt Papyrus Institute. It is a government approved shop that makes and sells authentic papyrus. Click the button below to continue reading about our experience here!

When you first enter the store, the staff will ask you if you want some tea and then will demonstrate to you the entire process of making papyrus.

Papyrus is the material which the ancient Egyptians used for writing. It’s made from the stalk of the papyrus plant which has a brittle interior and tough exterior. First, the outer part of the stalk is removed and the interior is cut into thin strips and hammered to remove the water. After, the strips are soaked in water to reduce the sugar content. Then they are arranged to form a mesh which is kept pressed for six days under heavy iron presses. During that time the papyrus must be taken out periodically to remove the excess water.

Egypt Papyrus Institute

Where is the Egypt Papyrus Institute located?

The address is: 98 Bani Hilal, Abu as Saoud Al Madabegh, Old Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Here is the Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/3tGw97ggttYPoHuLA

Egypt Papyrus Institute

Opening Hours

It is open daily, 9am to 9pm.

Egypt Papyrus Institute
So many choices! There is also a room at the back with all the glow in the dark paintings.

What is there to see?

Of course, Papyrus! I enjoyed the demonstration. 🙂 We ended up buying one big piece and a small piece and they gave us another one for free, so yay! There are some very very expensive ones but don’t worry they also sell some very affordable ones too. They also have a container/tube to keep them safe and they also put some sort of stamp on the outside so that customs don’t have to open it up.

Egypt Papyrus Institute
This is where the staff demonstrates how papyrus is made.
Egypt Papyrus Institute
Examples of the iron press and papyrus plant
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Some of the beautiful hand painted art!

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