This piece has been produced during the “Design Labs” initiative by Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council.
For the “Oud x Palestinian Glass Blowing” Design Lab, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council collaborated with designer Dima Srouji and Palestinian glassblowers to produce non-traditional glass-blown perfume and Oud oil bottles and Midkhans (incense burners). These pieces were created in collaboration with Bidwa trainees from the Bidwa Social Development Programme, merging the craft of perfume-making from the UAE with the craft of glass-making from Palestine.
The glass blowing industry in Palestine is one of the most beautiful and technically advanced local traditions. This project experiments with more contemporary glass forms and gives the craft a new narrative.
The Bidwa trainees learned how to create small glass forms, as well as glass beads from the expert Palestinian glassblowers, which were used in the creation of this playful and feminine collection that is inspired by both the Palestinian and Emirati natural landscapes, textures, and forms including cacti, coral stones, and jellyfish.