Object: Rugs/ Wall hangings, 2013, Limited Editions
Description: wool, cotton, silk hand tufting | Dimensions: 274 x 242cm (TALLI I) / 135 X 195cm (TALLI II) / 144.5 x 300cm (TALLI III)
‘Tai Ping collections are inspired by global trends in design, Fashion, and art’. This is the line I read that joined all the dots for one of my long-term research projects. The result is this TAI PING collaboration:
Here it is – the global trends in Fashion. I might not be a fashion designer or a fashion trend setter but I am well aware of the industry trends and latest releases. I have seen many fashion houses and international brands adapting cultural patterns, embroideries, and traditional techniques in their fashion releases. I have always been fascinated by our local Emirati craft of Talli embroidery and the long hours those women spend in weaving the embroidery, creating beautiful pieces of art for women to decorate their dresses with. It was the Talli itself that inspired me; the shapes of the different parts, the details of each part of the embroidery, and the materials used.
My proposal for TAI PING was to design and hand-make 3 limited-edition rugs inspired by Talli and their original shapes and detail. With the help of the professional team at TAI PING design studio, we re-interpreted the Talli in these rugs using our available resources. The designs were realised in their best form and we managed to create 3 collectable pieces of art. Each tells a story that has a deep and original association with a nation’s culture and at the same time reflects the skills and craftsmanship TAI PING stands for. The outcome of this collaboration was works of art that reflect a rich exchange between cultures and a new expression of the universal language that, regardless of the backgrounds and nations we come from, unites us.