This piece has been produced during the “Design Labs” initiative by Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council.
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 – A”.
This Misbah Collection is a reinterpretation of the traditional Misbah – the Emirati word for prayer beads – using it as an “open work of beads” which can be used as prayer beads or a piece of jewellery.
This line of jewellery Misbahs, made by jewellery artisans from Lél and Irthi’s Bidwa trainees from the Bidwa Social Development Programme, was made using lapis lazuli, woven gold and silver threads, and beads. The use of real gold and silver threads is reminiscent of when Talli first started in the UAE, where women would weave real gold and silver threads, unlike the synthetic metallic threads used today.
The threads used to create the Misbah were woven by Bidwa’s artisans using the “Sayr Yaay” and “Single Talli” Talli techniques.