“Palm Textile” Publication

by IRTHI Contemporary Crafts Council United Arab Emirates

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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.

Weight (kg)

0.084

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Dimensions LxWxH (cm)

16.5x22x2

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Representing both traditional and modern crafts across the MENASEA and Central Asia regions, working with partner organisations, and championing artisans and designers, the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council is looking at the empowerment of women professionally and socially. The council aims to provide a fresh narrative for women, by developing new market opportunities, and sectors, delivering social development programs and vocational training, as well as preserving the skills and rich cultural heritage of the UAE for current and future generations through its five initiatives: Bidwa Social Development Programme, which employs 40 artisans and provides them with vocational training and helps them find new markets for their skills through commercial collaborations and regional artisan exchange programmes. Artisan Skills Exchange Programme, which enables the development of artisans’ capacities and technical skills as well as social development through a series of artisanal skill exchanges within the MENASEA region. Hirfati Youth Programme that seeks to train and engage with the next generation of designers and artists through a mix of activities that combine traditional and contemporary crafts. Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme that aims to develop the next generation of UAE-based fashion designers through training, mentoring and business development. Crafts Dialogue, a unique project that brings together the Council with Barcelona-based Creative Dialogue to create works, which will marry Emirati and international crafts into contemporary designs. Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council is an affiliate of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, an organisation that was established under an Amiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.
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