As part of the “Design Labs” initiative, Irthi collaborated with The Lél Collection, a Pakistan-based studio supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and whose workforce comprises of displaced Afghani artisans, to create the “Talli x Misbah Collection – B”.
The Misbah Collection – B focuses on the Misbah as a home décor element.
Bidwa’s trainees from the Bidwa Social Development Programme learned how to cut and engrave semi-precious stones, marble, and wood beads, in addition to an array of resin inlay techniques. The challenge was carving and setting inlays in a three-dimensional format rather than the traditionally used flat format to create a “larger than life” Misbah Collection which ranges from three to eight meters long. The collection features beads engraved with geometric shapes inspired by traditional patterns carved on Emirati doors.
Bidwa’s artisans have combined their knowledge of Emirati Talli weaving techniques with Macramé weaving techniques to produce woven rope elements that link the beads together. The result is a series of sculptural design elements that may be placed on a dining table, hung, or simply laid on the floor to highlight the poetics of a certain space.