First decorated egg exhibit in Yemen opens in Sana’a

Published on 7 June 2012 in Culture
Samar Qaed (author), Samar Qaed (photographer)

Samar Qaed


Samar Qaed


Eggs decorated and inlaid with precious stones blew away those who, for the first time, saw eggs turned into art pieces.

People could not believe the different beautiful shapes of eggs, coated with pearls, beads, crystals and ligament gold as their marvelous shapes made them wonder how the eggs were shaped into unique pieces.

Although the girls and the jewelry boxes equaled the beauty of the eggs, one egg surpassed them all, with its inscription of God’s name.

Egg decorating dates back to ancient civilizations, when people painted the eggs and offered them as birthday presents because eggs symbolized the Renaissance and were associated with spring, dawn, creation and holiday such as Easter.

Faraha Saeed, wife of the Indian ambassador to Yemen, has been an expert in the art of egg decoration for more than 12 years. She imparts the Islamic Indian art in decorating eggs, using various techniques to decorate the eggshells such as cutting, engraving, sculpture and dyeing.

Saeed embosses each egg with her fingers and turns them into a masterpiece that impresses everyone who sees them.

“Turning an egg into a piece of art takes three to four weeks,” she said.

But her passion for decorating eggs gives her the patience to come up with a unique design.

She said every egg is different from the next in shape and in color , and that’s why she cannot repeat the same shape for more than one egg, but rather creates a new shape.

In addition to chicken eggs, Saeed uses a wide range of eggs such as geese, ostrich, emu, duck and turkey eggs.

“This art is very difficult as I deal with the egg which is a thin crust that can be easily broken. Therefore, I use strengthening materials, so I can deal with the egg with accuracy and versatility for me to be able to come up with a unique work of art,” Saeed said.

Saeed is the only egg-decorating artist in the world. Her exhibition is the first of its kind to be held in Yemen; however, she has held similar exhibitions in Saudi Arabia, India and Denmark.

“People’s reactions toward the art of decorated eggs in my exhibitions is positive as they notice creativity and excellence in this art. Also, it’s because I present a new kind of art,” Saeed said.

According to Saeed, she has turned more than 102 eggs into pieces of art in her home country, and many have been sold. She donates 25 percent of the profits to charity.

 Minister of Culture and Tourism Abdullah Awbal opened the exhibit Tuesday  evening at the Indian embassy in Sana’a. The egg and sculpture exhibition will display more than 62 eggs were displayed and lasts four days.