Celebrating Kuwait through textile arts
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.