Aiming to preserve and modernize the time-honored Palestinian embroidery Tatreez, UAE social enterprise 81 Designs presents ‘The Journey,’ a collection of Tatreez artworks done in collaboration with French-Tunisian artist eL Seed. It features framed tapestries, figurines, and a book; and will be presented in a 3D booth (No. CP02) designed to reflect life in a refugee camp at Abu Dhabi Art. The fair is taking place from November 20th till the 23rd at Manarat Al Saadiyat.
eL Seed with the refugee women artisans employed by 81 Designs and their children painted seven murals to spread messages of hope inside Ain El-Hilweh camp in South Lebanon. Each mural was recreated in Tatreez on canvas hand-stitched by the artisans. Priced at USD 10,000 each.
The artisans also created figurines made in Tatreez that embody their hopes and dreams. Their creations are named after each woman and child that participated in the project. Prices start from USD 72.
Documenting behind-the-scenes of ‘The Journey’ is a book with a powerful photo selection that highlights the living condition of a displaced community. Illustrating a bird’s eye view of the camp to its tiny details, and how the murals integrate in the landscape of the community, the book will give readers a more in-depth perspective on the lives of refugees. The special edition, priced at USD 115, features a cover with eL Seed’s artwork embroidered into the cover. Regular soft-bound copies are priced at USD 80 each.
‘The Journey’ is a symbolic tribute to the Year of Tolerance.
Location: Booth CP02, Manarat Al Saadiyat
Date and Timings: 20 November: 6pm – 9pm | 21 – 23 November: 2pm – 9pm