This publication was made possible by the Patrons: H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.
Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council has produced innovative research through an experimentation process focused on the Date Palm, conducted between Sharjah, UAE, Amsterdam, and the UK.
This research goes a long way towards building a foundation in the United Arab Emirates that explores sustainably woven fabrics manufactured from the Date Palm. The focus of the Date Palm Research is the value placed upon the use of
Date Palm fronds in the UAE. “Khose”, was a main component throughout the Middle East and the UAE for creating Arish houses, and is an abundantly available, natural, and local material in the Gulf Peninsula. Traditionally, the Khose had been woven into decorative products, creating functional crafts for daily use, as in all traditional societies where plants were cultivated for domestic use. This research places importance on the innovation and usage of a plant abundantly available in the Gulf region. The 21st Century has seen consumers develop growing awareness of the importance of sustainability, encouraging industries to shift toward offering environmentally friendly products. Through this vital research, NAMA’s affiliate: Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council undertakes the first step toward innovation of the Date Palm as a sustainable component for locally produced products.