Egyptians Mourn Swiss Artist Who Spent the Last 40 Years in a Local Village

Published June 3rd, 2021 - 09:03 GMT
Evelyne Porret
Evelyne Porret was loved by numerous Egyptians who mourned her loss online. (Facebook: samihanna.hanna)

Dubbed as the "pottery lady," hundreds of Egyptians took to social media to mourn the death of a Swiss lady that had been living amongst them for the past 40 years.

Evelyne Porret's death was announced by the Fayoum’s Tourism Authority and the Swiss Embassy in Egypt, saying that she passed away after 81 years of eventful and loving life.

Porret had been living in Egypt since the early 1960s after visiting Tunis village in the Fayoum Oasis in Middle Egypt. She was also married to one of Egypt's most popular poets Sayed Hijab who passed away in 2017.

In Tunis village, Porret founded a pottery school that enabled thousands of art lovers to create distinguished are pieces over the years. 
Online, thousands of Egyptians who said they were touched by Porret's kindness during their visits to the village took to Twitter and Facebook posting photos of her and her work and writing emotional anecdotes of their encounters with her.


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