The Art of the Egyp­tian Ap­plique Work at Sadu House

Kuwait Times - - WHAT’S ON - By Faten Omar

The Sadu House on Sun­day launched an ex­hi­bi­tion and work­shop on the Art of the Egyp­tian Ap­plique Work: Al-Kheyameya. The event was planned in con­junc­tion with the “Kuwait, Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture” cel­e­bra­tion by the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters (NCCAL).

Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah said that Egyp­tian cadres contributed in build­ing and de­vel­op­ment of Kuwait it in var­i­ous fields. Hu­moud added that the ex­hi­bi­tion re­flects the civ­i­liza­tion of Egypt and noted that the art of Al-Kheyameya, an an­cient Egyp­tian her­itage, por­trays a deep his­tory with its re­la­tion­ship with Arab Is­lamic cul­ture. For her part, Pres­i­dent Sheikha Altaf Salem Al-Sabah said that AlKheyameya art is based on a tra­di­tional dec­o­ra­tion cloth added (Alablak) and dates back to the an­cient Egyp­tians and emerged dur­ing the Is­lamic era and the Ot­toman Em­pire.

The event was at­tended by The Am­bas­sador of Egypt Yasser Atef, and a num­ber of am­bas­sadors. This ex­hi­bi­tion and work­shop brought to Kuwait two pro­fes­sional tent ap­plique masters, con­ducted a three days work­shop started on Oc­to­ber 22, 23, and 24. The work­shop was con­ducted by master kheyameya Hany Mah­moud who shared his ex­pe­ri­ence with Sadu House en­thu­si­asts. Dur­ing the work­shop, par­tic­i­pants were in­tro­duced to the in­tri­ca­cies of pat­tern de­sign and their trans­fer on can­vas, the ad­just­ment of cot­ton ap­pliques and the hand-sewing tech­nique in the style of the tent­mak­ers of Cairo.

Sadu House has also launched a new pro­gram plat­form called ‘The Weav­ing Sto­ries’. The ex­hi­bi­tion of Egyp­tian ap­plique marks the start­ing point in Weav­ing Sto­ries pro­gram, en­vis­aged to pro­mote and cel­e­brate tex­tile sto­ries from the re­gion and be­yond. The Ex­hi­bi­tion and Work­shop dis­plays the col­or­ful and elab­o­rate ap­pliquÈ work that de­rives from the dec­o­ra­tive wed­ding tents of the Mam­luk, Ot­toman and Khe­dive eras in Egypt. “We are cre­at­ing Weav­ing Sto­ries, an in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion that fo­cuses on bring­ing more aware­ness to the value of the tra­di­tion of Sadu cloth as a cul­tural sym­bol and the sto­ries that these tex­tiles hold. Each el­e­ment of the ex­hi­bi­tion will cre­ate new per­spec­tives on Sadu weav­ing while en­cour­ag­ing vis­i­tors to be­come ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in the ex­hi­bi­tion,” she said.

Sheikh Sal­man Al-Sabah with Am­bas­sador of Egypt Yasser Atef dur­ing the open­ing.

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