The town of Akhmim has maintained a long and proud tradition of expert textile weaving. You can trace its first customers back to the Pharaohs who used to rule the ancient civilization of Thebes. Unfortunately the weavers have been hard-hit in recent decades as the proliferation of machines and their mass-production capabilities made it nearly impossible for these artisans to compete in the textile market. Thus, the main goal of this venture is to protect the area's traditional hand-weaving methods, while guaranteeing the community a steady income-generating source. The weavers of Akhmim Textile Link are still producing many different traditional Egyptian products by hand. For this they are using big wooden looms that up to 4 people operate together.