Discipline, dread and the estate

Filed under Middle East

By Mada Masr

Mona Abaza’s ‘The Cotton Plantation Remembered’
 Discipline, dread and the estate

A photo of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser is one of a few decorations in the office of Mahmoud Sayem, the director of the Spinning and Weaving Syndicate.

Above it is a photo of Ahmed Fahim, one of the godfathers of the syndicate movement in the 1950s.

Almost three years after the fall of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Sayem is giving a lecture about how important the spinning and weaving industry is to Egypt — which sounds like a textbook example of a Marxist commodity.

Grasping the top of his sleeve, he tells the life story of his linen shirt. He…

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