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Hand-woven wool needlepoint wallhanging, crafted using the age-old artisinal technique.
Middle East Wallhanging Competition, UAE

In the Middle East, rugs are still woven on traditional ground looms, constructed of stones, sticks and other available objects. Each Bedouin tribe has its own traditions in the design used in its weaving with most based on ancient patterns, often taken from mosaics and ancient scripts. Historically, women were charged with weaving tents from the hair of goats or the wool of sheep, and who erected and packed them up. Today, with Nomadism becoming a phenomenon of the past, and weaving as a way of life quickly vanishing, Bedouin tribes leave the desert for a more settled urban existence.

But the handmade objects of the past hold within them collective traditions and a tangible form of memory and “The Chandelier” is a material manifestation of that process of remembering and creating. Using a carpet hand-woven by my great grandmother as a point of departure, I used a combination of hand drawings and digital manipulations in the design process to bridge the past with the present.

“The Chandelier” is a redefinition of image and traditional craft. It pays tribute to a fading skill by reviving it using our contemporary tools. It hovers between tradition and flowing intuition, to create a design that is both recognizable in its roots, but distinctively marked with the hands of its creator.

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Great Grandmother: Eideh Shuwayhat with her twin daughters - Marta and Elaine
Great Grandmother: Zakieh Sawalha
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