I incorporate the skills of Kuwaiti Bedouin women to produce specialized pieces of architecturally designed hand-woven fabric (Al-Sadu). I integrate various types of textured ropes as material to give voice to personal expressive languages and embody a rich journey from its roots as traditional craft. Through my use of earthy colors and jute ropes, I try to evoke the harsh desert. In my three-dimensional sculpture Al-Shajara, the weft-faced ropes are the main aspect of the woven artwork’s construction and create curves, protrusions, and symbols that are connected to life. Since the traditional craft is historically assigned to female of the Bedouin community, it offers expression to cultural voices and identity bringing the tradition of Al-Sadu into contemporary art discourse. By producing highly textured three-dimensional pieces, and incorporating elements of Al-Sadu, I create a greater sense of female artistic freedom.
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