Cel­e­brat­ing Kuwait through tex­tile arts

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Al Sadu So­ci­ety launched Mon­day evening an unique in­ter­ac­tive tex­tile ex­hi­bi­tion, Weav­ing Sto­ries as part of its 2016/2017 cul­tural sea­son. The ex­hi­bi­tion, opened un­der the aus­pices of Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al Salem Al-Ho­moud Al Sabah, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs, is com­prised of a se­ries of wo­ven pan­els cre­ated by more than 30 in­di­vid­ual tex­tile artists in Kuwait and from the United States.

Sheikha Altaf Al Sabah, founder and pa­tron of Al Sadu So­ci­ety, de­vel­oped the idea in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal weavers, de­sign­ers and tex­tile artists to help en­gage the com­mu­nity in one of Kuwait’s most beau­ti­ful and last­ing artis­tic tra­di­tions.

Project Man­ager Shelby Al­laho, in­de­pen­dent cro­chet artist and tex­tile col­lab­o­ra­tor, or­ga­nized the con­tri­bu­tions, work­ing with 30 in­de­pen­dent artists and mak­ers to de­velop the wo­ven pan­els around five themes re­flect­ing the her­itage of Kuwait: Tra­di­tional Kuwait, Mod­ern Kuwait, Desert, Is­lamic Mo­tifs and the Sea. For this ex­hi­bi­tion, Sadu House also con­sulted with Lesli Robert­son, an artist, Ful­bright Spe­cial­ist, and pro­fes­sor of fiber arts at the Univer­sity of North Texas.

Weav­ing, knit­ting, cro­chet, mixed me­dia, dye­ing, em­broi­dery, macramÈ and other tech­niques were used in the cre­ation of the pan­els, which were then com­bined to cre­ate the larger the­matic sto­ries rep­re­sent­ing Kuwait. All the pan­els are wo­ven into a ‘tent di­vider’ frame re­flect­ing the Be­douin tra­di­tion of the desert tent. A com­mu­nal loom was also set up for vis­i­tors to con­trib­ute to a com­mu­nity wo­ven project. The ex­hi­bi­tion is part of Al Sadu House’s con­tri­bu­tion to the cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing Kuwait as the Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture 2016. Weav­ing Sto­ries is an ini­tia­tive by Al Sadu So­ci­ety, un­der the pa­tron­age of Sheikha Altaf AlSabah, made pos­si­ble with the sup­port of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the US Em­bassy and the Ful­bright Pro­gram.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be avail­able for view­ing at Al Sha­heed Park un­til No­vem­ber 13 from 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 9pm in the Mul­ti­pur­pose Hall.

Sheikha Altaf Al-Sabah, founder of Al Sadu So­ci­ety with Ali H. Al-Youha, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Kuwait’s Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters, US Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Lawrence R Sil­ver­man and Bri­tish Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Matthew Lodge among other dis­tin­guished guests and vis­i­tors. —Pho­to­graphs by Yasser Al Zayyat, Jamie Etheridge and Aziz Al Mutawa

By Jamie Etheridge

Ali H. Al-Youha, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Kuwait’s Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters weaves us­ing the com­mu­nal loom set up at the Weav­ing Sto­ries ex­hi­bi­tion from Sadu House at Al-Sha­heed Park Mon­day evening.

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