January 25th from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm
Al Sadu, a treasure of Bedouin tribes in the UAE and surrounding areas for hundreds of years, is a textile weaving tradition practised by women in rural communities to produce soft furnishings and decorative accessories. It holds a particular honour in Emirati society as a tangible example of resourcefulness and creativity. In recent years, however, the tradition has suffered a severe decline and has been placed by UNESCO on the “List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.”
The workshop will focus on shedding light upon this ancient tradition that is indigenous to these lands, inspiring younger generations to pick up the craft. It will focus not only on the history of this tradition but also ways in which participants can create their own Sadu patterns through abstract paintings. Many Al Sadu patterns continue to embellish the majlises and furnishings around Dubai. Participants will be encouraged to find inspiration in their surroundings and engage with the history of the site to create their own unique pieces.
- Discussion of the history of Al Sadu– exploring its rich history and contemporary significance.
- Demonstration of the technical skills involved – mixing colours, picking a colour palette, and understanding different geometric patterns
- Explanation of the various Sadu symbols and their significance
- Creation of the Al Sadu artwork by participants
- Brief sharing session on one’s creation; reflecting upon lessons learned and exercises to continue the practice of Al Sadu in the future
Participants will be permitted to take their paintings home at the end of the workshop