Irthi presents the carpet collection at Design Week in Milan 2022

In collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Irthi Council for Contemporary Crafts, affiliated with Namaa for the Advancement of Women, launched the Emirati-inspired “carpet collection” and woven Pakistani rugs, and implemented by 100 refugee and displaced women craftsmen. from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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The Namaa Council for Contemporary Crafts, affiliated with Namaa for the Advancement of Women, launched the Emirates-inspired “carpet collection” and Pakistani rug weaving, implemented by 100 refugee women craftsmen relocated from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Afghanistan. with the United Nations. Commissioner for Refugees In the presence of Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Head of the Department of Government Relations in Sharjah, and His Excellency Reem bin Karam, Director of “Namaa” for the Advancement of Women, during the participation of the Council as the only official Arab body , in this year’s session of “Milan Design Week”, the most prominent international event in the field of Design, which will take place from 7-12 June.

Unique designs

The new collection, which consists of unique and exclusive designs to highlight the global visual aesthetics of its handmade pieces in a contemporary and innovative way, is displayed at Campi Auctions in Milan, where it embodies the success of the Council and UNHCR. of in role activation. of women in conflict-affected areas, improving and advancing it by During crafts, while 70 Afghan women and 30 displaced Pakistanis implemented unique designs presented by the designers of Majlis Irthi, which reflect the richness of Emirati culture and the heritage of its ancient craft. , using luxury yarn integration techniques in carpet production.

The new multicultural collection aligns with the council’s vision to support the continuity of traditional crafts and contemporary textiles in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, establishing a close relationship between rural artisans and urban markets in which products their have appeared.

Crafts are an important tool for making changes

Her Excellency Reem bin Karam, Director of Nama Women’s Progress, said: , The Carpet Group sheds light on the difficult conditions faced by refugees and displaced persons in crisis-affected areas, and provides them with support through the traditional craft industry, which provides a permanent source of income to enhance their reality. and reality. of their communities. ”

On the other hand, Noriko Yoshida, Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Pakistan, said: “The project presented by ‘My Heritage’ has several advantages, as it is not limited to increasing the income of only artisanal women, but also contributes to the protection of women and girls, and the strengthening of social cohesion between refugees and communities The host community in Pakistan, and through this project, improved the skills of refugee women craftsmen and craftsmen from the host communities, who specialize in carpet weaving to meet the highest international standards and implement unique designs presented by Irthi Mejlis designers Craft refugee women and their counterparts from host communities with design aesthetics and high quality, and provided them with a stable income and ability to market their creative and innovative products. ”

Decorations from the Emirates with Pakistani techniques

The “Carpet Collection”, which combines Emirati designs inspired by Emirati culture and Pakistani carpet weaving techniques, is part of the “My Heritage Series”, which aims to add a touch of sophistication and distinctive detail, which sung by luxury handicrafts. in parts of the house.

Designed by Eman Al Rahma, the collection includes “Abu Led Blue” rugs made from New Zealand blue and black hand-dyed wool, loom woven using Pakistani techniques and inspired by the saifa’s motifs and designs Emirates. “Led” in the Emirati dialect means the top or edge mentioned when knitting palm leaves, which is characterized by different shades of colors at the edges of the palm leaf decorations.

The collection also includes Weh al-Bayt blue and gray rugs, made from hand-dyed Iranian silk and also woven into the loom using Pakistani techniques, inspired by the Emirates ’ancient door decorations.

The collection includes “Faya Green” carpets, inspired by the Jabal Al Faya terrain in the central region of the Emirate of Sharjah, which is designed using hand-dyed Iranian silk and loom woven using Pakistani techniques, and inspired by the Emirates . mountainous terrain.Al Faya rugs are available in blue.

The Irthi Contemporary Craft Council pays great attention to different groups and aims to empower them economically and socially through handicrafts in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. A young and empowered generation of stylists, artists, artisans and artisans, enhancing their technical skills through activities that combine traditional and contemporary crafts.

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