ROLL OUT THE CAR­PETS

Friday - - The Leisure Charts -

The Fa­tima Bint Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Ini­tia­tive (FBMI) has as­sem­bled the re­gion’s largest ball of yarn at Dubai Fes­ti­val City’s Fes­ti­val Square, un­til June 16. Crafted from wool from Afghanistan that has been hand-spun by fe­male weavers and dyed with nat­u­ral veg­etable colours, the gi­ant yarn ball is part of FBMI’s Artists for Change pro­gramme that aims to help un­der­priv­i­leged ar­ti­sans in Afghanistan by col­lab­o­rat­ing with UAE artists who do­nate their art­work to be wo­ven into hand-knot­ted car­pets. While you’re there have a go at a tra­di­tional car­pet loom. Pro­ceeds from car­pet sales go to sup­port fe­male Afghan weavers – 10am-10pm Sun­day to Wed­nes­day and 10am12am Thurs­day to Satur­day.

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